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Madison waltzes her way to Championship record

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on November 12, 2019
Athletes in action during the 100m T64 Round 1 at the World Para Athletics Championships. - Reuters

Madison clinched the gold in the women's 800m T53 category with a time of 1:52.15 seconds to set a new championship record. This was her second medal in Dubai after she won silver in the 1500m T54 segment earlier.

Australia's Madison de Rozario would've been an accomplished ballerina, globetrotting and doing shows around the world.

But a bout of flu when she was just four years old, which later turned into a life-threatening disease, saw her become a paraplegic.

Something so life-altering can be devastating, especially when it happens at such a young age. But Madison accepted it and made sure she would not stay idle. The famed Australian quality of grit came to the fore as she found her calling in para athletics, after having dabbled in wheelchair basketball and tennis.

Now 25, Madison is already a multiple world champion. After two gold medals in 2015 and later 2017 in London, Madison, from the Australian outback of Perth won her third gold at the ongoing World Para Athletics Championships on Tuesday.

Madison clinched the gold in the women's 800m T53 category with a time of 1:52.15 seconds to set a new championship record. This was her second medal in Dubai after she won silver in the 1500m T54 segment earlier.

Madison, who was a last-minute selection for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics after one of the relay girls got pregnant, and won the silver on debut at the age of 14, has two more silver medals, which she won in Rio de Janeiro.

The field for the category has been such that the world record has changed hands over the past three years.

And again, against a strong field assembled in Dubai, Madison, the current world record holder earned the bragging rights.

"It was good. That race could've gone to anybody," said Madison.

"There are so many strong women in there. There were three of us who at some point who have held the world record over the last three years. It is a strong field. Every single one of them is incredible. Angie (Angela Ballard) is obviously a teammate of mine and she's held the world record in this event and the 400m also. I think I've shared a podium with her on two or three occasions. So, Cad's pushing and she's pushing really well," she added.

But Madison pointed out that she had found it tough to get China's multiple time Paralympic and world champion Hongzhuan Zhou's number.

"Hongzhuan is the one that I always, always struggle to deal with and she always seems a little bit better regards to the year I've had. So, it is an incredible field of women that we have right now," Madison said.

james@khaleejtimes.com

 


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