10 September 2016
Brenden Hall has won Australia’s second swimming gold medal of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, defending his title in the process and leading all the way in the men’s S9 400m freestyle.
Opening the meet with his main event, and having dominated the 400m free for the last seven years on the international stage, the 23-year-old showed complete class and experience to win by three body lengths in a time of 4.12.73, just outside his own world record.
Overall, Australia added two golds, one silver and four bronze medals on day two of competition to sit sixth on the medal tally with three golds, two silvers and six bronze medals.
Cyclist David Nicholas won Australia’s other gold medal on day two with a dominant performance to win the C3 3000 metre pursuit.
Hall said on the Australian Paralympic Team’s website: “I’m pretty stoked to be able to hold onto my title for another four years. That was the main goal for me.
“To know that I can still lead the pack and keep pushing further and further, as I’m getting older, makes me really happy and I just want to see how much faster I can get in the next four years.”
“I have held onto this title for about seven years now, in between Paralympics and World Championships, so a little bit of confidence helps me, but to hold onto it on this stage, I was really happy with that.”
The Queenslander might have to keep one eye over his shoulder though, as fellow Aussie 17-year-old Logan Powell took two seconds off his personal best time in the event to finish seventh, in his first final at a Paralympic Games.
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