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London 2012 Paralympics: Aussie Freney wins her fifth gold medal

GOING SWIMMINGLY:Jacqueline Freney won gold in the S7 100m freestyle, while Taiwan’s Lin Tzu-hui and Tseng Lung-hui won bronze in powerlifting and archery

Agencies, with Staff writer LONDON and Taipei

Kenya’s Samwel Mushai Kimani, with guide runner James Boit, romped to a new world record of 3:58.37 in the T11 1,500m, beating Brazil’s Odair Santos, who was also inside his previous world best of 4:03.66.

Wheelchair racer Ryan Martin of the US added the T52 400m to his 100m title, while Ireland’s Michael McKillop outclassed the field to take the middle-distance double in the T37 1,500m for athletes with cerebral palsy.

The Northern Ireland-born 22-year-old, who had already successfully retained his 800m title from Beijing, had enough of a lead over Australia’s Brad Scott and Mohammed Charmi of Tunisia to begin celebrating in the back straight.

Fiji and India also got in the medals, with Iliesa Delana, an amputee, winning gold in the men’s F42 high jump, with Girisha Nagarajegowda Hosanagara winning silver.

China were way out in front in the overall medal table, crossing the 100-medal mark and nearing 50 golds, with Britain in second and Australia, Russia and Ukraine battling it out for third spot.

Taiwan, which has 18 athletes in the Games, is ranked 51st with one silver and two bronzes.

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