Lakeisha Patterson from Australia, right, embraces her countrywoman Maddison Elliott after Patterson won the women's 400-meter freestyle S8 final swimming event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Sept. 8, 2016.
Lakeisha Patterson from Australia, right, embraces her countrywoman Maddison Elliott after Patterson won the women's 400-meter freestyle S8 final swimming event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. AP Photo/Leo Correa

Gold and silver for Aussies in Paralympic pool

THE future of Australian swimming at the Paralympics doesn't just look bright, it looks startling.

Maddison Elliott won gold in the 100m S8 freestyle ahead of fellow Australian Lakeisha Patterson this morning.

Both are only 17-year-olds.

Elliott said she was super stoked with how the race went.

"I was a bit worried because there was a Brazilian in the race, so the crowd was really bizarre," she said.

"I just had to focus on my own event, my own race and my race plan, so that's what I did ... and I managed to get a Paralympic record as well."

Elliott said to focus she first listens to music, then takes in the noise of the crowd before turning the focus back to herself.

Patterson, who has already won a gold, snared the silver.

"It was a really good race for me, I managed to do a personal best which was awesome," she said.

Patterson said it was great to swim alongside Elliott.

"Our whole team philosophy is my team, my family, so to be able to get out there and race and still focus on yourself while sharing the success is awesome," she said.

Both swimmers have a number of individual and team events left at the Paralympics.



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