Golden girl Madison de Rozario has once again proven she reigns supreme, leading the women’s T53 / 54 1500m from start to finish to claim the gold medal.
The 28-year-old defended her title from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, coming out of the start line as the leader which was not the original race plan.
“The opposite I was keen to try and avoid the front, we started so slow,” Madison said.
“I think we passed 400m at 68 seconds which is unbelievably slow. Nobody wanted to take the pull. The 1500m is incredibly tactical, not everyone gets up the front, you either try and avoid it or get up early. That race is often made or broken in the first little bit.”
Madi, who is coached by wheelchair racing legend and NSWIS expert, Louise Sauvage maintained her lead until being challenged by Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn coming into the final bend, eventually finishing in a time of 3:53.03.
“I saw Sammy coming up beside me and she definitely had more momentum than I did coming around the bend. Coming out of the bend is always scary because those on the outside have more momentum, you get this illusion that you’re matched but that person is actually moving quicker, I was worried about that.”
The Aussies showed strength across the board with Angie Ballard claiming the silver medal and fellow NSWIS scholarship holder Christie Dawes crossing the line in fifth.
“To have Angie come home that strong was amazing, she’s my absolute favourite person to share a podium with.”
The win makes Madi Australia’s most successful Para athlete at the Commonwealth Games in history with four gold medals, the 1500m being her second of the 2022 Games after she secured the women’s T53 / 54 marathon gold medal on Sunday.
“I didn’t know that, that is amazing. To get to defend the title is always special and to back that up was really cool.”
Madison was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in early 2022 after having claimed two gold and a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Later in the evening, Nick Hough took to the track in the men’s 110m hurdles final racing for a gold medal.
In a hot field Nick gave it his all, finishing in 7th place in a time of 13.83