Paralympic swim stars Lakeisha Patterson and Tiffany Thomas Kane added to their gold medal haul on night two of the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane, QLD, with Patterson only just missing her own S8 world record in winning the women’s 400m freestyle multi-class title.
Clocking a time of 4:40.70, just 0.37 seconds outside the world record she set at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Patterson amassed 996 points to defeat Paralympic teammate and silver medallist Monique Murphy (4:33.73) and rising star Jade Lucy (4:50.15).
In the men’s 400m freestyle multi-class, reigning champion Liam Schluter defended his title in 4:16.28, edging out three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall in 4:14.13, and up-and-comer Jack Ireland in 4:22.66.
Paralympic champions Thomas Kane and Blake Cochrane also retained their 50m breaststroke multi-class titles in 45.19 and 35.86, respectively, with Thomas Kane earning her second gold medal of the competition off the back of Sunday night’s (9 April) success in the women’s 100m breaststroke multi-class.
Heats recommence at 11:00 AEST today.
By Swimming Australia