Wow, what a day.
Australia is still sitting eighth on the medal tally, but we are now catching up close to those nations above us thanks to FOUR golds we won today.
Make sure to grab a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald if you’re in the harbour city, or the Age if you are based in Melbourne tomorrow for a major wrap on everything that went on for day nine.
We will be back for day ten at 11am tomorrow. See you then.
Three-time Paralympic Games champion Carol Cooke will spend the night in Juntendo University Hospital after a crash in the women’s T1-2 road race left her with a collapsed lung.
The 60-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis, struggles in hot conditions and was eager to ride in the wet conditions.
“Well at least I got two firsts today,” Cooke said from her hospital bed five hours after the crash.
“First ever race crash and the first time I have not finished a race.”
Medical staff at the hospital have inserted a chest drain, but further tests will need to be conducted to rule out a rib fracture.
“I’ve lost a lot of skin and I have a few decent bruises but at least nothing seems to be broken,” Cooke said.
“I really want to say thanks to the people of Japan, they have been so welcoming and the staff here at the hospital have been amazing.”
Australia’s golden night in Tokyo has continued with Vanessa Low winning gold in the T63 long jump final.
Low broke her world record three times over in the event, including her final attempt which was 5.28m. It marks Australia’s fourth gold for day nine of the Games.
Low was just 15 when she accidentally stumbled from an overcrowded platform in Germany and into the path of an oncoming train. She lost both her legs in the accident.
Australia has won bronze in the women’s 4x100m medley relay – 34 points final.
Ellie Cole, Keira Stephens, Emily Beecroft and Isabella Vincent scored a podium spot behind the US in gold and the RPC in silver.
The silver spot was narrowly missed by the Aussies with just 0.15 seconds in the difference.
Australia’s Rachael Watson has won gold in the women’s 50m freestyle S4 final – making it our third gold of the night!
Australia now has 16 gold medals in total over the course of the Games so far.
She claimed the gold with a time of 39.36 with Italy’s Arjola Trimi claiming the silver and Marta Fernandez Infante in the bronze spot.
Australia’s Vanessa Low has just set a new women’s long jump T61 world record, taking the lead in the event with a jump of 5.20 metres!
Right now she is leading the entire competition by 15 centimetres.
Fingers crossed she can keep that lead for the gold!
Will Martin has just been informed about federal parliament’s decision to provide equal medal cash incentives to our Paralympians.
The news was announced today – but Martin hadn’t heard about it until he came out of the pool. The gold win now means $20,000 in Martin’s pocket!
“I didn’t know that (the prize). I haven’t been really keeping up with the media lately, I’ve just been focusing on getting here and getting the job done really,” he said.
“But I’m pretty grateful for that now that I’m hearing about it.”
Australian swimmer Ben Hance has won gold in the men’s 100m backstroke S14 final.
That’s two golds in the pool within an hour, with Hance’s medal marking 15 golds in total for Australia this Games.
His time of 57.73 marks a new Paralympic record and came ever so short of cracking his own world record.
RPC’s Viacheslav Emeliantsev took silver with Great Britain’s Reece Dunn claiming bronze.