Paralympic golden girl Ellie Cole was told she may never swim again following double shoulder surgery, but tonight in Glasgow the 23-year-old defied all the odds.
The Canberra University student claimed two world records on her way to a stunning gold medal swim on the opening night of the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow.
After a record breaking swim of 1:08.89 in the heat in the women’s S9 100m backstroke, Cole said she took to the blocks in the final feeling confident in her preparation.
And the result was gold in another world record time of 1:08.67 – 0.22 faster than her heat swim.
“Getting on the block tonight I was thinking about the key areas of improvement from my heat swim which resulted in a well-executed final and a second world record, so I am really happy with that,” Cole said.
“I’ve been working with my new coach Nathan Doyle for a year now and we fine-tuned a really good race preparation heading into this meet.
“I felt really confident and having the Australian Swim Team cheering you on in the stands is really uplifting.”
Cole will race her London Paralympic gold medal event the 100m freestyle S9 tomorrow along with the 50m freestyle S9.
Earlier, dual Paralympian Brendan Hall produced a strong finish to claim the first gold medal for the meet in the men’s 100m backstroke S9 clocking 1:05.01.
Hall said he felt fast in the water and was happy with his first swim in Glasgow.
“Backstroke isn’t my main event so I’m really happy to come out with a gold medal, I felt fast in the water and I’m looking forward to a good week ahead,” Hall said.
The men’s 100m freestyle S7 final saw Matt Levy win the silver in 1:02.51 just behind a championship record swim from China’s Shiyun Pan (1:01.53).
Maddison Elliott did not disappoint in the women’s 100m butterfly S8 final winning her first medal for the meet in an Oceania record time of 1:14.20 claiming the bronze behind American Jessica Long (1:09.79) and Ukrainian Kateryna Istomina (1:10.05).
In other events, Grant Patterson finished fifth in the men’s 200m freestyle S3 final in 3:55.93 breaking the Oceania record and his personal best time.
New comer Braedan Jason clocked 24.71 to finish fifth overall ahead of Tim Antalfy who clocked 25.24 taking eighth place.
Prue Watt (28.84) and Teigan Van Roosmalen (29.44) finished fifth and seventh respectively in the women’s 50m freestyle S13 final.
Swimming in his first World Championships Guy Harrison-Murray finished seventh in the men’s 50m freestyle S10 final with a time of 25.34.
Reagan Wickens also placed seventh in the men’s 400m freestyle S6 final in 5:33.57.
To finish off the first night of racing the mixed-relay team took to the blocks with a line-up that included Grant Patterson, Tanya Huebner, Ahmed Kelly and Tiffany Thomas-Kane. The team of four completed the race in 2:58.73 placing them eighth overall.
The Australian Dolphins Swim Team medal tally stands at two (2) gold, one (1) silver and one (1) bronze.
The 2015 IPC World Championships run from July 13 to 19 at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.
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The Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the 2015 IPC World Championships
Male Athletes: Michael Anderson, 28 (QLD), Timothy Antalfy, 28 (NSW), Jesse Aungles, 19 (SA), Blake Cochrane, 24 (QLD), Timothy Disken, 18 (VIC), Daniel Fox, 23 (QLD), Brenden Hall, 21 (QLD), Guy Harrison-Murray, 18 (WA), Timothy Hodge, 14 (NSW), Braedan Jason, 16 (QLD), Ahmed Kelly, 23 (VIC), Matthew Levy, 28 (NSW), Grant Patterson, 25 (QLD), Rick Pendleton, 30 (QLD), Sean Russo, 23 (NSW), Jacob Templeton, 19 (TAS), Reagan Wickens, 20 (NSW).
Female Athletes: Ellie Cole, 23 (NSW), Taylor Corry, 20 (NSW), Maddison Elliott, 16 (NSW), Tanya Huebner, 36 (VIC), Ashleigh McConnell, 19 (VIC), Monique Murphy, 19 (VIC), Lakeisha Patterson, 16 (QLD), Madeleine Scott, 22 (WA), Tiffany Thomas-Kane, 13 (NSW), Teigan Van Roosmalen, 23 (NSW), Prue Watt, 28 (NSW)
By Swimming Australia