Ellie Cole wins seventeenth Paralympic medal in Tokyo, becoming Australia’s most decorated female Paralympian
Ellie Cole’s second relay medal at the Tokyo Paralympics has made her Australia’s most decorated female Paralympian, with 17 medals from four Games.
The 29-year-old swam the lead-off backstroke leg of Australia’s 34-point 4x100m medley relay on Thursday night, with the team returning home with bronze behind the US and Russian teams.
Cole additionally won silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay prior at the Games, with the medley bronze taking her past Priya Cooper’s sign of 16 medals, despite the fact that Cooper does in any case have more golds, with nine.
Contending at each Paralympics since 2008, Cole has gotten six gold medals (all in London and Rio), five silver and six bronze medals.
Fellow swimmers Matt Cowdrey (23 medals) and Kingsley Bugarin (19 medals) are the only Australians with more Paralympic medals.
Cole’s record breaker came on a splendid night for Australia’s swimmers, with Will Martin, Ben Hance and Rachael Watson winning gold medals on Thursday.
It additionally came around the same time that the government announced Tokyo Paralympic medallists would get the equivalent financial bonuses as Olympic medallists.
Cole posted via social media that the news had made her unimaginably passionate and she just managed to get it together in time for the race.
“I was very emotional all afternoon and kept getting out of the warm-up pool and crying,” she told Channel Seven.
“I was like ‘pull yourself together, you’ve got to do this for your team’. I really wanted to race that faster than what I did in my individual, which I did.
“It just goes to show how much racing for your country and racing for your team in particular can really put a firework up your … you know.”