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Alcott, Heath win wheelchair tennis gold

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Childhood mates Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson drew on their friendship to overcome the odds and win Australia's first Paralympic gold medal in quad doubles wheelchair tennis.

The duo stunned three-time defending champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner of the United States with a 4-6 6-4 7-5 win in the final on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Alcott and Davidson fought back from double breaks in each of the three sets to end a 12-year American stranglehold on the title.

Alcott, the world No.1 wheelchair tennis player in the quad class said he and his debutant partner fell back on their 15-year friendship when things got tough.

"He's one of my best mates since I was 10 and to look at him on the court, so pumped up when I hit a winner, it just gives me that fire to go out there and dominate," Alcott said.

The reigning World Team Cup champions first began playing sport together while growing up in Melbourne.

"We were both obese," Alcott said.

"I needed to get fit and I met a mate and that gave me confidence to get more mates and to become the person that I am."

The victory makes Alcott one of a handful of Australians to win gold medals in two sports after switching from wheelchair basketball.

Rio is the 25-year-old's third Games, having won gold with the Rollers in Beijing in 2008 at age 17 and silver with them again in London.

It was Australia's eighth gold medal of the Games, to go with 17 silver and 15 bronze, keeping the nation in sixth place on the overall table after day six.

Australia's all-time fastest Paralympian Evan O'Hanlon announced his retirement after missing out on a hat-trick of gold medals in the men's T38 100m sprint, settling for silver.

In the pool, silver medallist Timothy Disken was just 0.04 seconds from another top of the podium finish in the S9 50m freestyle, in a race where just 0.05 of a second separated the first three.

Minutes later, Ellie Cole took home silver in the women's corresponding event.

Matthew Levy picked up a bronze in the men's SM7 200m individual medley.

And Maddison Elliott backed up from a gold medal earlier in the meet to take silver in the women's S8 100m backstroke.

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