Australia’s Madison De Rozario wins gold in women’s T54 1500m, fellow Aussie Kurt Fearnley claims silver in men’s

AUSTRALIAN Paralympic champion Madison De Rozario has won gold in the women’s T54 1500m wheelchair sprint at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The 24-year-old worked clear of the field with 500m to go and crossed the line in three minutes and 34.06 seconds to claim the gold medal at Carrara Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a massive win for De Rozario, who was unable to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow after developing deep vein thrombosis on her flight to Scotland.


Fellow Australian paralympian Angela Ballard claimed silver with a time of 3:36.85.

The 35-year-old came from behind in the closing metres, pipping the oldest GC2018 athletics competitor, Canada’s 47-year-old Diane Roy who took bronze with a time of 3:36.97.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Kurt Fearnley finished second in the men’s T54 1500m to take silver.

“It was bloody tough. I was up there and gave it all, everything in the last 80m,” he said.

“(Canada’s) Alexandre Dupont nailed it… it was a cracking race.”

Fearnley will race again in the men’s T54 marathon on Sunday.