AUSTRALIAN champion para-athlete Kurt Fearnley has kicked off the final day of the Commonwealth Games by setting up a golden double in the wheelchair Marathon.
The father-of-two signed off an outstanding career for Australia, with victory in the men’s T54 marathon.
In his final race in the green and gold, a determined Fearnley opened up a gap on the field before five kilometres and by halfway held a lead in excess of 40 seconds.
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The two-time Paralympic marathon champion relentlessly forged ahead for the remainder of the race to destroy the opposition in a Commonwealth Games record time of 1:30:26.
“Everybody deserves nothing, if you want it, you have to work for it,” he said.
“You’ve got to be fierce and that was as fierce as I’ve ever been.”
“You’ve got to turn out, come out and fight for it.”
It was the 37-year-old’s second medal of GC2018, following silver in the T54 men’s 1500m on Tuesday.
“Eight years ago I knew that this was going to be my last race for Australia and that has never wavered, even last night lying in my bed.
“I’m going to race marathons until they bury me in a gutter, but I’m not going to push that hard again.”
In a close battle for the other podium spots, John Smith of England edged out his compatriot Simon Lawson for silver in 1:31:44.