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McGrath makes it back-to-back gold while Seipel claims second successive silver

- JULIAN LINDEN

CURTIS McGrath won gold for Australia on Friday.

The former soldier successful­ly defended the KL2 para-canoe title he won in Rio in 2016 with a commanding win at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Susan Seipel won silver for Australia in the women’s kayak race in a repeat of her second in Brazil five years ago but Dylan Littlehale­s unluckily missed a bronze by just 0.012sec in the KL final.

Australia also won a silver medal on Friday in the women’s table tennis team event.

Lina Lei, Yang Qian and Melissa Tapper finished second overall after they were beaten 2-0 by Poland in the gold-medal match.

Australia also picked a bronze in cycling when Paige Greco finished third in the women’s C1-C3 road race at Fuji Internatio­nal Speedway but Alistair Donohoe missed the podium after crashing twice.

As it stands, Australia has 18 gold medals and a total of 70, but with more to come.

The Australian men’s table tennis team is guaranteed at least a silver after advancing to Saturday night’s final against China while Australia has plenty of strong prospects in the pool with Col Pearse, Jasmine Greenwood, Keira Stephens, Braeden Jason and the men’s medley relay all through to swimming finals.

McGrath and Seipel have already booked places in their respective Va’a singles finals on Saturday while Dylan Alcott is in the wheelchair tennis gold-medal match against Dutchman Sam Schroder and champion sprinter James Turner starts as likely favourite in the 100m dash.

 ??  ?? Curtis McGrath claims the gold medal in the KL2 kayak single 200m in Tokyo. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropo­ulos/Getty Images
Curtis McGrath claims the gold medal in the KL2 kayak single 200m in Tokyo. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropo­ulos/Getty Images

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