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Cole slays self doubt to win gold in Rio

AAP logoAAP 17/09/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Australian Paralympian Ellie Cole admits the pressure to perform took its toll during her Rio campaign, leaving her doubting she deserved to be there at all.

But when the 24-year-old bagged her breakthrough solo swimming win of the Games with a Paralympic record in the women's S9 100m backstroke on Friday (Saturday AEST), those fears were put to rest.

It was Cole's last chance to win an individual title in Rio, having secured two silvers and a bronze so far.

The four-time London gold medallist was getting nervous.

As the reigning world and Paralympic champion and the current world record holder in the event, Cole felt heavy expectations from herself and the Australian public.

"I was still questioning if I was worthy to be there heading in," she said.

"Even after the amount of psychological sports training that I've had, those thoughts still come in and take you down."

She now understood what her Olympic compatriots meant when they emerged from the Rio pool lamenting the emotional rollercoaster they'd been through.

Cole, who had her right leg amputated due to cancer when she was three-years old, had tears streaming down her face as she stood on top of the podium.

She then backed up to snare silver in the women's 4x100m medley relay alongside Madeline Scott, Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson.

The Sydneysider had called it quits after London but returned to the pool in January 2015 after recovering from double shoulder surgery.

Cole said the fire in her belly had been reignited, and she's already looking to Tokyo 2020.

The Aussie swim team was on fire on day nine of competition.

Maddison Elliott broke her own world record in the S8 50m freestyle S8 to score another gold, with Lakeisha Patterson right behind her for silver.

And Brenden Hall snapped up his third medal in Rio with bronze in the men's S9 100m backstroke.

Para-cyclist Carol Cooke took out her second title of the Games in the women's T1-2 road race.

Australia's sailors have secured two of the three gold medals on offer with a day to spare, and are well placed to snatch the third when the regatta concludes on Saturday.

Liesl Tesch and Dan Fitzgibbon guaranteed themselves a second straight SKUD18 gold medal after posting an insurmountable lead, as have sonar trio Russell Boaden, Jonathan Harris and Colin Harrison.

In Athletics, three-time Paralympian Michael Roeger came third in the men's T46 1500m.

After a disqualification controversy, the Australian women's T35-38 4x100m relay team finally received their silver with Angie Ballard, Madison de Rozario, Jemima Moore and Christie Dawes adding the medal to the bronze they won eight years ago in Beijing.

And 2008 Paralympian Aaron Chatman took home bronze in the men's T46 high jump.

Australia has held steady in fifth on the medal table with 17 gold, 26 silver and 25 bronze behind leader China which has a massive 94 golds.

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