Paralympic athlete Gabriel Cole describes himself as artistic, passionate and driven, with an aggressive running style which sets him apart on the track.

Born with a left arm limb deficiency, Gabriel entered the world of Paralympic sport in 2009 after a teacher at school recommended him to athletics coach Steve Butler. The following year he was named South Australia’s AWD Athlete of the Year after representing Australia at the Oceania Games in Cairns and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he placed seventh in the 100m final – a result even more impressive considering he was racing with a torn hamstring.

Two years later Gabriel made his Paralympic debut at the London Games. Although his preparation was disrupted by an ongoing hamstring injury, he managed to place sixth in his heat, using this experience to help him to secure a Oceanian record and podium finish at the IPC World Championships …

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Date of birth
15 January 1992
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Left below-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Malvern, SA
Artist, designer and athlete
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in the 100m sprint at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T47

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