Rio Paralympians Ellie Cole and Katja Dedekind shone in Cairns as the gold rush continued at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships.
Just days out from her 17th birthday, Dedekind produced her fastest 100m backstroke time, making her intentions clear with the Tokyo Paralympics less than two years away.
“I did a really good time this morning and I was really determined to go under that 1.11 again. It’s the first time I’ve done that the whole year and it’s great to do that in front of a home crowd and my family,” said Dedekind.
“Doing that time today, and after the way, I’m feeling after a few days of racing, means it’s really looking good for Tokyo,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cole cruised to victory in the 100m S9 backstroke, hitting the wall in 1.10.73 but she later admitted she will need to swim faster if she’s to medal in her main event in 2020.
At the Commonwealth Games, Cole swam a 1:11.51 to clinch silver while Alice Thai of England took gold with a time of 1:08.77.
“Backstroke is an event that I’ve been working on for a long time and I’ve kind of strayed away from my PB over the last year or two and that’s probably one of the better results I’ve had in a while,” said Cole.
“I really want to do 1.07 for Tokyo, that’s what’s going to put me in a gold medal position. The time I did probably won’t get me a medal to be honest,” she said.
Lakeisha Patterson won gold in the women’s S8 100m backstroke, for her second individual gold of the Pan Pacs while Katherine Downie picked up bronze in the S10 100m backstroke.
After a strong 200m IM last night, S14 swimmer Taylor Corry saw a gold medal go round her neck in the 100m backstroke, with her Dolphins teammate Jaime-Lee Getson winning the silver for a one-two finish.
There is one night left in Cairns with heats set to begin at 10am.