Paralympic swim stars Lakeisha Patterson (Lawnton) and Tiffany Thomas Kane (Ravenswood) added to their gold medal haul on night two of the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane, with Patterson only just missing her own 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 Rio 2016 Teammate and Paralympic silver medallist Monique Murphy (Melbourne Vicentre) in 4:33.73 and rising star Jade Lucy (SLC Aquadot) in 4:50.15.
In the men’s multi-class event, reigning champion Liam Schluter (Kawana Waters) defended his title in 4:16.28, edging out three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall (Lawnton) in 4:14.13 and up-and-comer Jack Ireland (UQ Swim) in 4:22.66.
Paralympic champions Thomas-Kane (Ravenswood) and Blake Cochrane (USC Spartans) 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 success in the women’s 100m breaststroke multi-class.
Heats commence at 11:00am AEST today.
By Swimming Australia