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The Australian Dolphins have finished their Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships campaign victorious, winning a total of 43 gold, 30 silver and 21 bronze to top the medal tally.
It was a battle between powerhouses USA, Canada, Japan as well as four strong swimming nations – Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and Costa Rica, with the Dolphins’ dominance proving they’re the ones to beat come Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
On the final night of competition and backing up from his gold medal at Gold Coast 2018, Matt Levy claimed gold in the 50m freestyle S7, Levy touched the wall in a time of 28.94. It was a 1-2 finish for Australia, with Rohan Bright claiming silver in a time of 30.71 ahead of Brazil’s Talisson Glock.
“It was great to finish the meet off with a decent swim tonight. It’s been a great atmosphere here, it’s great to be in Cairns and it’s been great to get so many PBs during these last five days,” he said.
In other results tonight, Australia’s lucky charm, Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson claimed the second gold medal on offer in the S8 50m freestyle event, shaving more than a second off her heat time to touch the wall in 30.39, while youngster Jasmine Greenwood swam 28.87 in the S10 final to win bronze.
The clear champions of the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, Australia were unrelenting until the end, with the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle 34 point relay team grabbing the last gold medal of the meet. The team consisting of Paige Leonhardt, Ellie Cole. Lakeisha Patterson and Tiffany Thomas Kane took the lead from the start but were pushed by Team USA right until the end when Thomas Kane widened the small gap in her final strokes to touch the wall first.
Full results can be found here
By Swimming Australia