Australia's Blake Cochrane celebrates winning the the men's 100m Breaststroke SB7 swimming final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Australia's Blake Cochrane celebrates winning the the men's 100m Breaststroke SB7 swimming final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. AFP Photo / Ben Stansall

London gold for Coast swimmer

SUNSHINE Coast-based swimmer Blake Cochrane has won two gold at the London Paralympics over the weekend.

The 21-year-old finished first in the SB7 100m breaststroke final on Saturday night in a world record time of 1 minute 18.77 seconds.

He then played a part in the 100m relay team's win along with Matthew Levy and fellow USC-based swimmers Matthew Cowdrey and Andrew Pasterfield.

Cochrane swims out of the Redcliffe-based Southern Cross club however relocated to the USC pool in the lead up to the games to train under coach Jon Shaw.

The 4x100m relay win was Cowdrey's second victory of the games and moved him to within one gold of becoming Australia's greatest ever Paralympian.

It was his 10th Paralympic gold and edged him to within the record held by Victorian sprinter Tim Sullivan.

Fellow USC squad members Ellie Cole has also won gold in the S9 100m backstroke while Rick Pendleton claimed bronze in the SM10 200m individual medley.


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