Paralympics: Maddison Elliott breaks 30 second barrier to claim gold and complete sprint swim double

NEW MARK: Maddison Elliott set a new world record and was the first women to break the 30 second mark in the S8 50m freestyle. Picture: Getty Images

NEW MARK: Maddison Elliott set a new world record and was the first women to break the 30 second mark in the S8 50m freestyle. Picture: Getty Images

MAITLAND super fish Maddison Elliott became the first women to break 30 seconds in the S8 category of the 50m freestyle and claim her third gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio on Saturday morning.

The 17-year-old, who had already claimed gold in the 100m and 4 x 50 relay, powered home in lane five to touch in 29.73 seconds and better her own world record. Fellow Australian Lakeisha Patterson grabbed silver.

“I have been trying to go under 30 (seconds) for three years,” an emotional Elliott told reporters. “To be able to do it tonight at the Paralympics is overwhelming.”

Elliott said her focus had been on executing the race plan.

“Even if it wasn’t under 30, I just wanted to get that world record,” she said.

As well as the three gold, Elliott claimed silver in the 100m backstroke to take her medal tally to eight from two Games.

It was a golden night for Hunter Paralympians with Liesl Tesh and Dan Fitzgibbon defeding their sailing title in the SKUD18 catergory.

GOLDEN GIRL: Maddison Elliot won the 50m S8 freestyle to complete the sprint double at the Rio Paralympics. Picture: Getty Images

GOLDEN GIRL: Maddison Elliot won the 50m S8 freestyle to complete the sprint double at the Rio Paralympics. Picture: Getty Images

Upper Hunter equestrian Lisa Martin just missed a medal for a second straight Paralympics, finishing fourth in the dressage.

Wheelchair races Kurt Fearnley and Christie Dawes contest their pet event, the marathon, early Monday morning.

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