ON TRACK: Rheed McCracken prepares for Rio.
ON TRACK: Rheed McCracken prepares for Rio. Mike Knott BUN020816RHEED4

WATCH: Rheed McCracken breaks a Paralympic record

PARALYMPICS: Bundaberg's Rheed McCracken is right in contention for a gold medal after setting a Paralympic record in the 100m T34 class at the Rio Games.

Starting well the 19-year-old powered past his heat rivals to set a time of 15.50 seconds to win the first heat.

Unfortunately for McCracken his record lasted all of about six minutes as Tunisian Walid Ktila won heat two in 15.44 seconds.

The defending champion from the London Games now looms as McCracken's biggest rival for gold, with the Bundaberg athlete almost four tenths of a second quicker than the rest of the field.

Talking to Channel Seven after the heat he said he was happy with his times.

"I had a pretty good preparation this week," he said.

"(I'm) really happy with that."

With his best friend Kurt Fearnley winning bronze earlier in the day, McCracken was also fired up for his race.

The 19-year-old said he was confident of a good show in the final.

"I feel really strong," he said.

"I feel like I've learnt a lot over the last four years so I really hope that can benefit me in any way."

McCracken will compete in the final tomorrow morning at 7.30am Queensland time.



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