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Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson show spirit to win tennis gold

14 September 2016

Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson have come from behind to win gold for Australia in the tennis quad doubles on day six of the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games. The Aussies had dropped the first set to USA players Nick Taylor and David Wagner 6-4, before storming back to win the next two sets 6-4, 7-5. In total, Australia won one gold, four silver and one bronze medal on day six of action to sit sixth on the medal tally in Rio.   The victory gave Alcott his second Paralympics gold medal after he was a member of the Rollers squad that won the men's wheelchair basketball competition at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

He will also have the chance to claim a second Rio gold when he takes part in the final of the quad singles.

In other day-six highlights, sprinter Evan O’Hanlon announced his retirement after claiming silver in the T38 100m final. O’Hanlon’s silver adds to the five Paralympic gold medals he won in Beijing and London.

"I got married in December and my beautiful wife's waited until now to be able to have our honeymoon," O'Hanlon told the ABC.

"We want to start a family, and to give them the best start in life I think I'm going to have to step away from the track, regrettably."

In the pool, Aussies claimed three silver and a bronze. It takes Australia’s swimming tally to 18 medals with four days remaining on the program.

Timothy Disken, Ellie Cole and Maddison Elliott all finished with silver medals, while Matthew Levy picked up a bronze in the men’s SM7 200m IM.

Fresh from his gold medal in the 100m, Disken was just 0.04 seconds from another victory, this time in the 50m free.

Read more on the Australian Paralympic Team’s websites.

Listen to podcast of how AIS engineers helped Alcott on RoadtoRio

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