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Marathon gold for Madison

Madison de Rozario has joined fellow West Australian Ben Popham as a dual Paralympic gold medallist on the final day of Tokyo 2020.

Competing in the marathon T54, de Rozario held off Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer to win by one second, in a time of one hour 38 minutes 11 seconds.

She made her move on the lead nearing the finish at the stadium and then held off the challenge from Schaer to add another gold following her victory in the 800m T53.

Popham added a silver medal to his tally in the men’s 4x100m medley relay 34 points to leave the games with two gold medals and a silver.

The Australian men’s wheelchair basketball defeated Turkey 74-58 to finish fifth. WA’s Shaun Norris scored 23 points and Kim Robins six in the playoff win.

Back on the track, Rhiannon Clarke finished seventh in the final of the women’s 400m T38 in personal best time.

At the badminton, WA’s Caitlin Dransfield finished fourth in Group C of the group play stage and did not progress to the finals.

While Grant Manzoney lost his two matches in Group A and also did not qualify for the final stage.

In the boccia, the Australian team featuring WA’s Zoe Dix as an assistant for Spencer Cotie narrowly missed out on progressing to the semi finals.

The Australia team won two and lost two during the pool stage including a heartbreaking lost to Hong Kong in the final pool match.

Needing a win to qualify for the semi finals, the match was all square after four ends before Hong Kong scored in the tie breaker.

Shooter Anton Zappelli finished 11th in the qualification round for the mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 to narrowly miss out on one of eight spots in the final.

WA Medals

Ben Popham – Swimming
Gold – 100m Freestyle S8
Gold – 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 34 Points
Silver – 4×100 Medley Relay – 34 Points

Madison de Rozario – Athletics
Gold – 800m T53
Gold – Marathon T54
Bronze – 1500m T54

Sarah Edmiston – Athletics
Bronze – Discus Throw F64

Robyn Lambird – Athletics
Bronze – 100m T34


By. Steve Glover
Published: 9.30am, Monday 6 September 2021

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