Silver streak ends as de Rozario wins gold

Track and field Paralympian Maddy de Rozario has won her first Games gold, taking out the T53 800m.
Track and field Paralympian Maddy de Rozario has won her first Games gold, taking out the T53 800m.

Madison de Rozario's personalised Barbie doll needs a gold medal upgrade.

The 27-year-old won Australia's first track and field gold at the Tokyo Games and ended her long quest for a Paralympic title when she dominated the final of the T53 800m on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium.

Australia is eighth on the medal tally after day five with eight gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.

Last year, de Rozario was among several top sportswomen to have a Barbie doll modelled on them.

Asked if hers could be released again with a gold medal, de Rozario replied "I wouldn't say no to that.

""It's one of the highest compliments I've ever been paid.

"I feel like you have a list of things you want to do in your life and being a Barbie doll isn't even on the list it's that absurd."

But until Sunday, de Rozario had to settle for Paralympic silver.

The four-time Paralympian had won three silver medals and was fifth two days ago in the T54 5000m.

This time, de Rozario executed a perfect race and clocked one minute 45.99 seconds, breaking the Paralympic record.

She China's Zhou Hongzhuan by 1.67 seconds, with Swiss Catherine Debrunner taking the bronze.

Six-time Paralympian Angie Ballard finished seventh and legendary wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage, who coaches de Rozario, was also trackside.

"They (Ballard and Sauvage) are two women who have been there every single point of my career, but also of my life," de Rozario told the Seven Network.

"I wouldn't have wanted to do it without them here."

Also on Sunday night at the track, sprinter Isis Holt won her second Tokyo silver in the T35 200m, with Zhou Xia of China breaking her own world record for the gold.

Zhou clocked 27.17 seconds and Holt set an area record of 27.94.

Top seeds Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson will defend their quad doubles Paralympic title, beating Japan's Mitsuteru Moroishi and and Koji Sugeno 6-2 6-4 in their semi-final.

At the pool, Jake Michel had a near-perfect Games debut when he was narrowly beaten in the final of the SB14 100m breaststroke.

Japan's Naohide Yamaguchi broke his own world record to take the gold medal.

Ellie Cole, Isabella Vincent, Emily Beecroft and Ashleigh McConnell took silver in the 34 points 4x100m freestyle relay behind Italy.

Sam Von Einem won his second straight Games table tennis silver medal, losing 3-2 to world No.1 Hungarian Peter Palos in the Class 11 gold medal match.

But the Steelers' campaign for a third straight Paralympics gold medal ended in disaster with a 60-52 torching from Japan in their bronze medal game.

Earlier on Sunday, Lauren Parker lost her PTWC triathlon by just 0.01 of a second for the silver medal, with American Kendall Gretsch overtaking the Australian within metres of the finish

Erik Horrie won his third Paralympics silver medal in the single sculls and is the first rower to win three Games medals.

Also on Sunday in track and field, 45-year-old grandmother Sarah Edmiston took bronze in the F64 discus and fellow West Australian athlete Robyn Lambird also won bronze in the T34 100m.

The Rollers' unbeaten start to the Games ended on Sunday when the United States thumped them 66-38 in wheelchair basketball.

But the Belles won again in women's goalball, beating the Russians 4-1.

Australian Associated Press