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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Paralympian Sprinter Gabriel Cole chases Olympic dream

Paralympian Sprinter Gabriel Cole chases Olympic dream

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http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/more-sports/paralympian-sprinter-gabriel-cole-chases-olympic-dream/story-fnii0hmp-1226703831369

Paralympian Sprinter Gabriel Cole chases Olympic dream

Kym Morgan •
The Advertiser•
August 25, 2013



Amputee sprinter Gabriel Cole has returned from winning a medal in the 100m sprint at the world championships in France.
Picture: Stephen LafferSource: News Limited


SOUTH Australian sprint sensation Gabriel Cole believes he is capable of becoming the second Paralympian in history to qualify for the Olympic Games on the track.

Cole, who was born with a partially formed left arm, has already achieved trailblazing results competing in open events, including upstaging some of the state's top sprinters to finish third in the SA championship 100m this year.

"That upset a few people,'' he jokes.

The 20-year-old needs to shave just .03 sec off his 100m personal best of 10.92 sec to qualify for the Australian Open Athletics Championships next March and will target able-bodied racers in an attempt to achieve the mark.

Cole - who placed second in the T46 class at last month's Paralympic World Championships in France - believes he can run sub-10.60 sec for the 100m in coming years.

Such a time would not only smash the world record for his disability class but put him in contention for a spot in Australia's 4x100m relay squad for the Rio Olympics.

South Africa's "Blade Runner'' Oscar Pistorius - currently facing a murder charge - is the only Paralympian to compete in an Olympic track event.

"I don't think it's impossible, put it that way,'' Cole says.

"It's a long way from where I am now but I have definitely conceived the idea.

"I would have to develop and get a lot stronger but that will happen with hard work and age.''

"I definitely enjoy competing with able-bodied athletes and the aim is to be able to go to an open nationals and be competitive."

Cole was introduced to athletics by his high school French teacher after he caught her eye while tearing around the oval at Mercedes College one lunch time.

A rapid rise followed but disaster struck at last year's Paralympics in London.

The university student injured his hamstring in the lead-up to the event and was a shadow of himself when he took to the start line. He did not progress beyond his heat.

Cole says that winning a medal in France at the Paralympic World Championship helped heal the scars of London.

He also returned to England while in Europe and won a race in front of 80,000 people at the London Olympic Anniversary meeting.

"It was like a massive weight lifted off my shoulders,'' he says of his medal in France.

"I was finally able to go away from a championship and just smile, knowing I'd proved to myself and the world that I can compete with the best."

Cole is now enjoying a rest before he resumes training next month.

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Cole, who was born with a partially formed left arm, has already achieved trailblazing results competing in open events, including upstaging some of the state's top sprinters to finish third in the SA championship 100m this year.

"That upset a few people,'' he jokes.




Checked state champs 100m this year. Cole didn't make the final.

Heat 2 Preliminaries Wind: -2.4
1 595 Jordan Caldow Western Districts 10.97Q
2 367 Derek Mai Pembroke 11.16Q
3 416 tjimarri sanderson Port Adelaide 11.39q
4 538 Gabriel Cole Tea Tree Gully 11.47
5 59 Sebastian Baird St Peters Co 11.52
6 319 Michael Lutz Flinders 11.84
7 297 Joelon Covino Hills District 12.03

Men 100 Metre OPEN
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Title Holder: 10.84 31/03/2012 Robbie James, Western Dist
State Record: * 10.40 28/03/1987 Steve McBain
Name Age Team Prelims Finals Points
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Section 1 Finals Wind: -0.6
1 595 Jordan Caldow Western Districts 10.97 10.77
2 424 Clay Watkins St Peters Co 10.90 10.82
3 628 Todd Bateman St Peters Co 10.98 10.89
4 367 Derek Mai Pembroke 11.16 10.97
5 577 Alexander Bubner St Peters Co 11.35 11.04
6 416 tjimarri sanderson Port Adelaide 11.39 11.19
7 190 Sam Thomas Pembroke 11.24 11.33
8 227 Corey Baker Pembroke 11.52 11.34
9 594 Roger Van Der Lind Tea Tree Gully 11.42 11.44

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Maybe it should be mentioned that it was the season 20011/12

Men 100 Metre OPEN
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Title Holder: 10.57 26/03/2011 Todd Bateman, St Peters
State Record: * 10.40 28/03/1987 Steve McBain
Name Age Team Finals Wind Points
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1 534 Robbie James Western Districts 10.84 -0.7
2 101 Jordan Tronnolone Western Districts 11.11 -0.7
3 607 Gabriel Cole Tea Tree Gully 11.17 -0.7
4 314 Corey Baker Pembroke 11.23 -0.7
5 740 Jake Jervis- Brady Pembroke 11.26 -0.7
6 322 Luke Day Western Districts 11.60 -0.7
7 692 James Heap Salisbury 11.67 -0.7
8 213 Alexander Mammone Southerns

I think theres a few sprinters around that would have liked to have had the improvement Cole has had over the past couple of seasons.
I think that you will probably find that Coles Coach had him peaking and to run his best times for the season in France not at the Athleticssa champs.
Obviously a misprint in the news article

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Thanks Whispers.
Didn't know that it was last year.
Your coach has done a good job with him.

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The Morphy Mongrel wrote:Thanks Whispers.
Didn't know that it was last year.
Your coach has done a good job with him.


Whispers doesnt belong to the Butler training squad.

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Whispers wrote:
The Morphy Mongrel wrote:Thanks Whispers.
Didn't know that it was last year.
Your coach has done a good job with him.
Whispers doesnt belong to the Butler training squad.


Sounds like Whispers just took a dip in the world's longest river.  
He's in denial. Cool

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Morph Mon, is not The Nile, is the Torrens.

The Park Ten McKinnon Parade Mob are a number of different squads.

The runners come and go with young stars like Gabriel Cole and Brad Letton and Ali Trewartha and Amy Robb and with oldies like Redders and me.

"State Record: * 10.40 28/03/1987 Steve McBain"
Even the state's fastest man has been seen at Park Ten recently.

Coaches who use Park Ten include Steve Butler, Mick Buckler and Paul Townley.

No more clues.

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Stokesy wrote:Morph Mon, is not The Nile, is the Torrens.


Special announcement to the world's geographers, National Geographic, all other Encyclopedia publishers, Google, Wikipedia and the milions of internet sites in the world that lists the Nile as the world's longest river - You're All Wrong!

The Torrens is the world's longest river. You heard it here first.

Stokesy - changing the world, one river at a time.

9 haha on Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:42 am

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just a second ...

I am saying that Whispers is not in the river ...

The Torrens is longer than the Popeye.

And maybe the Amazon is longer than the Nile.

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I enjoy your posts Stokesy, but sometimes you do write in a confusing way.


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Doubt you are seeing Amy Robb at McKinnon Pde, Stokesy. Been seen up at Flinders most nights training with Harro.

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hey Airtight, it seems that all the Park Ten mobs have temporarily re located due to chopped up surface at McKinnon Parade - the usual story in winter.

So Tuesday nights at Santos Stadium have provided the occasion for recent sightings and saying hello to Ali and Amy ...

And just as the Amazon flows to the sea, some of the athletes of McKinnon Parade move on to new green grass.

And some athletes arrive at McKinnon Parade - has anyone else noticed the 26 years that recently came up for the state 100m record held by Steve McBain?

That is one record to be proud of, I reckon.

"State Record: * 10.40 28/03/1987 Steve McBain"

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Thanks for update on SANTOS, Stokesy. Didn't know about the McKinnon Pde track troubles.

Pride for Steve McBain to have the record but embarrassing for the state the time hasn't been bettered for 26 years. 10.40 is soft for a state record. I think Steve would agree with that.

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So you made a move to Mckinnon Stokesy?

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hey over35er

my mob Team Townley train at McKinnon and have done for many years - like the Buckler squad and the Butler squad and a few other squads, we also train at other locations - especially now at end of winter with the footballers having chopped up the McKinnon surface - I hear the grass is coming back well so I expect us to be back at Park Ten within a few weeks ...

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