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The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021



The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021

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50 SPORT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 AUSTRALIA won another medal in table tennis to cap the best Paralympic performance by the team ever. The Aussies surpassed the previous Paralympic record of four medals set in 1964, by winning a silver in the womens team event after going down to Poland 2-0 in the final. That lifted the total to five medals in Tokyo two golds and three silvers with another medal already guaranteed in the mens final. After beating China in the semis, the Aussies came unstuck against Poland when Lina Lei and Yang Qian lost the doubles and Yang was beaten in her must-win singles match but there were no regrets. Everything has surpassed my expectations, said Lei, who won gold in her individual event after moving to Australia from China. My goal was a medal, gold was a surprise. We fought hard but we just fell short in doubles but overall, its been good. Yang also won gold in her singles event but didnt play as well in the team event. Our doubles performance wasnt great. For singles, it was different from the singles semi-finals. I was more anxious. I wanted to kill off points earlier and I made more errors. Melissa Tapper, who represented Australia at both the Olympics and Paralympics, praised her new naturalised teammates for raising the spirits and performances of everyone in the Australian squad. They are amazing for our culture and environment. So its an honour to get to play alongside them, she said. Im just really excited to sleep. I will enjoy a bit of downtime, its been an incredible, crazy rollercoaster the last two years. Im excited though that I get to go home with a silver medal. Aussies lay it all on the table for glory, break record Melissa Tapper. JULIAN LINDEN McGrath makes it back-to-back gold while Seipel claims second successive silver CURTIS McGrath won gold for Australia on Friday. The former soldier successfully defended the KL2 para-canoe title he won in Rio in 2016 with a commanding win at the Sea Forest Waterway. Susan Seipel won silver for Australia in the womens kayak race in a repeat of her second in Brazil five years ago but Dylan Littlehales unluckily missed a bronze by just 0.012sec in the KL final. Australia also won a silver medal on Friday in the womens table tennis team event. Lina Lei, Yang Qian and Melissa Tapper finished second overall after they were beaten 2-0 by Poland in the gold-medal match. Australia also picked a bronze in cycling when Paige Greco finished third in the womens C1-C3 road race at Fuji International Speedway but Alistair Donohoe missed the podium after crashing twice. As it stands, Australia has 18 gold medals and a total of 70, but with more to come. The Australian mens table tennis team is guaranteed at least a silver after advancing to Saturday nights final against China while Australia has plenty of strong prospects in the pool with Col Pearse, Jasmine Greenwood, Keira Stephens, Braeden Jason and the mens medley relay all through to swimming finals. McGrath and Seipel have already booked places in their respective Vaa singles finals on Saturday while Dylan Alcott is in the wheelchair tennis gold-medal match against Dutchman Sam Schroder and champion sprinter James Turner starts as likely favourite in the 100m dash. Curtis McGrath claims the gold medal in the KL2 kayak single 200m in Tokyo. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images JULIAN LINDEN COLE MISSES CASH WINDFALL SHES the humble champion who shed tears when she found out Australias Paralympians would finally be treated equally to the countrys Olympic heroes but Ellie Cole has been dudded hundreds of thousands of dollars due to a delay in the process. Cole became Australias greatest female Paralympian in Tokyo when she won her 17th Paralympic medal since her debut in Beijing in 2008. The 29-year-old will receive $25,000 for her silver and bronze medal-winning efforts in Tokyo. But she has missed out on more than $200,000 for her efforts in Beijing, London and Rio, where she won six gold, another four silver and five other bronze medals. But there is no bitterness from Cole. News the federal government had committed to paying Australias Paralympians the same funds as the countrys Olympians under the medal incentive scheme run by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) brought Cole to tears in an online post. I usually would never, ever post anything online of me being emotional but I have found out that Australian Paralympic athletes are finally being seen as equal to our Olympic athletes and I really just wanted to thank Australia so much for watching the Paralympics over the last two weeks and fighting for us and for equal rights, a teary Cole said in an Instagram story post on Thursday less than an hour after the funding announcement. This is something that I have been working tirelessly towards for the last 16 years, so this is a very special day for me. I just really wanted to thank Australia so much for seeing us as equal. Cole, who is among the most popular members of the Australian swim team, trains under Simon Cusack in Sydney alongside Olympic gold medallists Cate and Bronte Campbell. Star just happy over equality with Olympians EMMA GREENWOOD 50 Ellie Cole. Picture: Getty Images China 80 46 44 Great Britain 37 28 38 RPC 32 27 42 United States 28 31 23 Ukraine 21 43 25 Brazil 19 14 23 Netherlands 19 11 13 Australia 18 25 27 Italy 13 26 22 Azerbaijan 11 1 4 Germany 10 10 15 MEDAL TALLY COUNTRY G S B *Tally correct as of 4pm