Timothy Hodge and the men’s 4 x 100 metre medley – 34 points team have continued the aussie tradition of winning a medal in every relay final as they powered home to claim silver in the final event at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on Friday 3 September.
Ranked fifth in the world coming into the event the aussies, led by NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Hodge in the opening backstroke leg, followed by Tim Disken (breaststroke); Will Martin (butterfly) and Ben Popham (freestyle) swam an epic final event to claim another silver medal for Australia against a quality field.
It was a gutsy swim as they finished behind the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) who claimed gold in a time of 4:06.59. The aussies fought to the end finishing in a time of 4:07.70 ahead of Italy in a time of 4:11.20.
It was the second silver medal for Hodge to add to his silver in the men’s 200 metre individual medley -SM9.
Earlier in the evening, NSWIS scholarship holder Jasmine Greenwood finished fifth in the final of the women’s 200 metre individual medley – SM10 in a stellar effort on the final night of competition.
The 16-year-old, one of the youngest members of the 2020 aussie team had an outstanding Paralympics on debut. Greenwood finished her Paralympics campaign with a silver in the 100 metre butterfly, a fourth in the women’s 100 metre backstroke S10 and a fifth in the 200 metre individual medley.