Despite the group of journalists around her being almost speechless, Elliott was full of bubbly energy after the race.
Despite the group of journalists around her being almost speechless, Elliott was full of bubbly energy after the race. Buda Mendes

Maddison Elliot wins gold with record-smashing swim

MADDISON Elliott won gold in the 50m freestyle S8 in spectacular fashion.

She is the first woman in her class to swim under 30 seconds.

Despite the group of journalists around her being almost speechless, Elliott was full of bubbly energy after the race.

"I'm overwhelmed with emotion right now because I'm not fully comprehending it," she said.

"It's been three years that I've been trying to break the 30 (second mark), and to be able to do that at the Paralympic Games, I'm really happy."

Elliott said the key to her amazing swim was just focusing o her own race plan.

"All I wanted to do was produce a good race and I produced an even better race, so I'm really stoked," she said.

"Nothing's going  to stop me now."

Sunshine Coast swimmer Lakeisha Patterson, as is becoming a habit, was just behind Elliott in second place.

She actually equalled the old record with her time of 30.13 seconds, which belonged to Elliott.

Patterson came home strong and was closing on Elliott as the race finished.

"I'm predominantly a 400m swimmer, so to be able to get out here and do a one lap dash is quite different," she said.

"I just try to stick to my own race and I know my back end is really strong."

"To be able to get out there and do a massive PB and to be able to share this again with Maddy, it's really exhilarating and it's an awesome feeling."



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