Para-swimming golden girls Tiffany Thomas Kane and Lakeisha Patterson have returned to the pool in the style off the back of their impressive multiple medal hauls at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both claiming wins on the opening night of the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane.

Racing at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Sunday night, 15-year-old Paralympic gold medallist Thomas Kane (Ravenswood) was commanding in the women’s 100m breaststroke multi-class, clocking 1:37.92 to finish first ahead of Australian Paralympic Teammates Madeleine Scott (Nunawading) in 1:18.87 and Paige Leonhardt (East Brisbane) in 1:21.07.

Dual Paralympic gold medallist Patterson (Lawnton) also starred on the night, racing strongly in the women’s 100m freestyle multi-class finals to take gold in 1:05.67 ahead of swimming superstars Rachael Watson (Chandler) in 1:28.69 and Female Paralympian of the Year Maddison Elliott (NU Swim) in 1:06.29.

Two-time Paralympian Ahmed Kelly (Melbourne Vicentre) defended his men’s 100m breaststroke multi-class title in 1:52.02, with London 2012 representative Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson (Central Cairns) taking silver in 2:18.09 and four-time Paralympic medallist Blake Cochrane (USC Spartans) coming in third in 1:18.26.

Rio 2016 bronze medallist Daniel Fox (USC Spartans) was dominant in the men’s 100m freestyle multi-class in 54.03, finishing ahead of rising star Jack Ireland (UQ Swim Club) in 54.54 and Paralympic Teammate Joshua Alford (Tuggeranong Vikings) in 55.33.

Heats commence at 11:00am AEST today.

By Swimming Australia

Posted: 10/4/2017