18/04/2024

Australia secured gold in the 4x100m Freestyle. PHOTO: AUS Paralympic Team - Twitter

Australia has claimed a gold medal and smashed a World Record in the 4x100 Freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Australia has claimed a gold medal and smashed a World Record in the 4×100 Freestyle – 34 points at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The trio of Rowan Crothers, Ben Popham and Will Martin had already claimed individual gold medals earlier in the games, while it was Matthew Levy’s first after a bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB6.

Crothers, who had won gold in the 50m freestyle and silver in the 100m freestyle, set the standard with a stellar first 50 metres.

He broke the Aussies out to an early two-second lead over nearest rival Brazil, before finishing off strong in 51.35 seconds.

Martin ensured they went from strength to strength with a 54.53 swim, extending their lead to 10 seconds.

Former World Record holders Italy closed the gap with Simone Barlaam to just under eight seconds and they continued to storm home.

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Stefano Raimondi pushed hard to bring the Italians back with 23.76 seconds in his first 50 metres as he aimed to close in on Ben Popham.

Popham held on with a 57.13 swim in front of Raimondi to win by one-and-a-half seconds.

Australia would beat Italy’s world record, set back in May, by just under two seconds.

Italy would also beat its previous record to finish with a silver medal, while the Ukraine closed out the podium with bronze.

Popham will have an opportunity at a third gold tomorrow in the Men’s 400m Freestyle S8, Levy also has another opportunity to medal tomorrow in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S7 and Martin could also claim his third gold in the Men’s 100m Butterfly S9 on September 2

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