Aussies take home road cycling, athletics gold at Paralympics

Australia's largest travelling Paralympic team have headed to Tokyo and are hoping to create just as many golden moments as their Olympics counterparts just weeks ago.

Follow along for LIVE updates at the Paralympics:


Pearse battles lockdown for tearful bronze

Swimmer Col Pearse broke down in tears after overcoming Victoria's repeated lockdowns to win his first Paralympics medal.

The 18-year-old VCE student was fearing the wrath of his friends as he became an endearing, blubbering mess on TV after his S10 100m butterfly bronze.

As Australia won two more gold medals on Tuesday and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott overcame a tough challenge to make the quad singles final, Pearse was overcome with emotion after his final.

"My boys are going to rip into me for this ... do not make memes over me crying, please," he told Channel Seven.

"It's been a hard 18 months in Victoria (and) it just means the world to me to finally go on the podium.

"Eighteen months ago I didn't think this was possible."

Pearse and his family famously set up a training pool in a dam last year on the family farm near Echuca, complete with lane ropes, so he could train while pools were shut.

Then he could not go to the Paralympic trials in Adelaide earlier this year because of a border closure.

While Pearse was overcome with emotion at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on day seven, Australian team cult figure Grant "Scooter" Patterson was claiming the keys to the city.

The short-statured Patterson, known as the unofficial mayor of Cairns, won silver in the SB2 50m breaststroke to go with last Saturday's bronze.

"I think I will have a set of keys for when I get back - I will unlock some naughty doors," Patterson said.

For all the emotion and laughs, the powerful Australian swim team had a lean night on Tuesday despite plenty of opportunities.

They had 11 finalists, but Jasmine Greenwood's silver in the S10 100m butterfly was the only other medal at the pool.

Of their three finalists in the women's S9 100m freestyle, Ellie Cole was the first home in fifth place.

Australia now has 13 gold, with cyclist Darren Hicks taking out the C2 time trial and James Turner claiming the T36 400m at the track.

Alcott survived a stern challenge from Dutch opponent Niels Vink to win 6-4 3-6 6-4 and the top seed will face Sam Schroder, also from The Netherlands, for the gold medal.

Carol Cooke, who turned 60 this month, also won silver on time trial day at the road cycling, while Paige Greco (bronze), Emily Petricola (silver), Meg Lemon (bronze) and Alistair Donohoe (bronze) also finished on the podium.

Distance running star Jaryd Clifford won his second Tokyo medal when he took bronze in the T13 1500m.

In boccia, Daniel Michel will play for Australia's first medal since Atlanta after narrowly losing Tuesday's semi-final.

Australia continues to impress in table tennis, with the Classes 9-10 men's team beating France 2-0 in their quarter-final.

But the men's Classes 6-7 team lost their quarter to Great Britain 2-0.

Todd Hodgetts was seventh on Tuesday night in the F20 shot put, while the Gliders ended the women's wheelchair basketball tournament with their first win when they beat Algeria 71-32 in the playoff for ninth.


Michel reaches boccia semi-final

Sydney's Daniel Michel is through to the boccia semi-finals at the Paralympics after a convincing quarter-final win.

Michel, who turned 26 earlier this month, and his ramp assistant Ashlee McClure shut out Korean Hansoo Kim 8-0 earlier on Tuesday in their BC3 individual match.

The Rio Paralympian now faces Czech Adam Peska on Tuesday evening, with the winner through to Wednesday's gold medal match and the loser to play off for the bronze medal.

Australia has only won one Paralympic medal in boccia, a bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Competitors with more significant impairments compete in the sport and Michel has type two spinal muscular atrophy.

He won silver in the mixed pairs and bronze in the individual category at the 2018 world championships.


Turner adds gold to Clifford's Para bronze, de Rozario finishes third

Australia's James Turner has lived up to his top billing, winning the men's T36 400m final at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium.

Madi de Rozario backed up from her 800m gold medal to take bronze late on Tuesday night in the T54 1500m, while Jarryd Clifford also claimed bronze in the T13 1500.

Already the world record holder, Canberra-based Turner set a Paralympics record en route to his gold medal.

He struggled in the humidity post race, collapsing briefly after doing some media interviews but was back on his feet before long.

"I've got a headache and it hurt but it's all worth it," Turner told the Seven Network.

"It's my job to win - that's what I'm here to do."

Turner, who has cerebral palsy, already has a Paralympic gold after winning the 800m in 2016, with the event cut from the athletics program in Tokyo.

The 25-year-old crossed the line in 52.80 seconds - outside his world best time of 51.71 - but 0.8 seconds clear of Russian Evgenii Shvetsov with Kiwi William Stedman third.

"He's (Shvetsov) always quick at the start but I was confident I could get him in the end," five-time world champion Turner said.

In the last event on Tuesday's track and field program, de Rozario was boxed in with one lap to go.

But the T53 800m gold medallist came around the outside in pouring rain and was closing on second-placed Swiss Manuela Schaer at the finish.

China's Zhou Zhaoqian set a personal best of three minutes 27.63 seconds to win the gold medal, with Shaer next in 3:28.01 and de Rozario .13 of a second behind in third.

Earlier on Tuesday, Clifford won his second Paralympic track and field medal, adding a bronze in the men's 1500m to his haul.

World record holder Clifford went into the T13 1500m as a gold medal favourite after being pipped in the 5000m.

But Russia's Anton Kuliatin surged down the final stretch with 22-year-old Clifford unable to go with him.

Tunisia's Rouay Jebabli held Clifford at bay to win silver.

"It was a tough race - I know a lot of the boys are coming off really quick 800 metre PBs and it showed in that last lap," said the 22-year-old Victorian, who is visually impaired.

"Anton, the winner, has been to able-bodied championships as well and he's a very good runner."

Kuliatin's time of 3 minutes 54.04 seconds was way off Clifford's world best mark of 3.41.34, set in Canberra in March.

Fellow Australian Sam Harding finished 11th in the final.

Alissa Jordan ran a personal best time of 12.80 in the 100m T47 heats but narrowly missed the final.