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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 7

Having claimed 20 medals, including 11 gold, Matt Cowdrey is Australia’s most successful Paralympic athlete. EPA/Tal Cohen

Day 7 of the Games saw the arrival of wheelchair rugby into the program. There were 16 sports in the day’s program with 65 medals available in 8 sports.

Cyclists moved from the velodrome to the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. There were 18 time trial finals over seven hours of racing. Competition at the Athletics events ended with the T42/46 men’s 4x100m relay. The race rematched Alan Oliveira and Oscar Pistorius. South Africa won the gold medal in a world record time.

During the day there were two clean sweeps of medals at the Athletics Stadium. Algerian athletes won gold, silver and bronze in the men’s T32/33 shot put. Brazilian sprinters matched this achievement in the women’s T11 100m.

Elsewhere Korea demonstrated its affinity with archery winning gold and silver in the team recurve open events. In the men’s sitting volleyball competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina won their quarter final against Egypt.

Australia won nine medals on Day 7: four gold, three silver and two bronze. In athletics, Richard Colman won gold in the men’s T53 800m and Kelly Cartwright silver in the Women’s T42 100m in an Australian record time.

In road cycling, David Nicholas won gold in the C3 time trial and Carol Cooke gold in the mixed T1-T2 time trial. Susan Powell and Nigel Barley both won silver medals in their events, C4 time trial and H3 time trial respectively. Michael Gallagher won a bronze medal in his C5 time trial.

In the pool, Matt Cowdrey became the most successful gold medallist in Australian Paralympic history when he won the S9 50m Freestyle in a world record time. Matt has won 20 Paralympic medals in his career and this puts him first on the list of Australian Paralympic medal winners.

Ellie Cole continued her medal success in the S9 class too. She won a bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle in an Oceania record time.

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