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Madison De Rosario becomes first Australian para-athlete to win four Commonwealth Games gold medals

5 days ago, Madison de Rosario won one of the toughest marathons of her career.

It exhausted her completely. Usually, the marathon is the last event in Para athletics.

But she wasn’t going to stop adding to her growing legacy as one of Australia’s greatest athletes.

So the defending champion hit the track for a 1,500-metre race, winning a fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal in the process, the most for any Australian para-athlete.

Madison de Rosario will become one of the biggest names competing for the Australian team. (Getty Images: Alex Davidson)

De Rosario wanted to sit back in the race, watch the field battle in front of her, and then charge in.

But it was a slow start, and she knew that if she was to win, she would have to change her tactics and go bankrupt.

“I realized I could get in front with just one lap, and when I try to take the lead, I have to back myself up,” she said.

She looked comfortable for most of the race, but was nervous in the final stretch.

De Rosario looked tired when Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn started doing pushups.

Coached by retired legendary para-athlete Louise Sauvage, the Australian was able to find just enough to get to the front again.

“I definitely lost it there for a bit.Angie came back very strong.Sam’s final 300 [metres] It was incredible. [I’m] I’m very happy to keep winning,” de Rosario said.

It was also special to share the podium with my teammates.

“She’s been in my corner since day one. We’ve been to four Paralympics together and it’s been great to make this happen,” she said.

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It was all the more impressive considering the physical strain the marathon took on her.

And while the 28-year-old thought she had recovered, she quickly realized she wasn’t.

“At about 600 meters in the warm-up, I was like, ‘Oh, I still feel 42 kilometers in my arms today,’ so I definitely brought it with me.”

De Rozario’s race wheelchair was damaged in transit to Birmingham and had to resort to cable ties first aid to hold it together for the marathon.

Since then, it’s been a busy few days getting ready for the track.

“This chair was driven across the UK to try out [to] Fixed it and I had so many people come together [to help],” she said.

“I’m working on the finishing touches this morning, so it’s kind of a last minute thing.”

De Rosario won two Commonwealth Games gold medals in 2018 in the 1,500m T54 race and T54 marathon on the Gold Coast.

It’s hard to get athletes to reflect on their accomplishments in the middle of a competition, so de Rosario enjoys this match before moving on.

“Each race is just as important as the last, because each race really exists independently.

“It’s incredible to look back on my career and be proud of it as a whole, but I remember each race and how I felt in that moment.”

And this moment feels like gold.

Madison De Rosario becomes first Australian para-athlete to win four Commonwealth Games gold medals

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