Hills Paralympian wins gold

Castle Hill swimmer Andrew Pasterfield has won a gold medal and set a new Paralympic record in the process after helping Australia win the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Pasterfield got his team off to the perfect start in the final with 52.82 second split to set up the win for Australia in front of China and Russia.

Australia’s new paralympic record of three minutes and 50 seconds was marginally quicker than the fast finishing Chinese who were 1.51 seconds behind.

Pasterfield and his teammates Matt Cowdrey, Matt Levy and Blake Cochrane were all thrilled with the momentous win.

The 22-year-old previously also added a bronze medal to his growing trophy cabinet following his podium finish in the S10 50-metre freestyle event.

Cowdrey, who wins his 10th Paralympics medal, said the relay victory was the ‘‘sweetest by a long way’’.

‘‘This is fantastic for our team,’’ Cowdrey said.

‘‘To finally win that one after going down in Athens and Beijing and finally getting one at the world champs two years ago, getting one at Paralympic level is fantastic for our team.’’

The result was also cheered on back in The Hills at Pasterfield’s former club the Castle Hill RSL Dolphins.

Club President Darren Reedy said everyone was very proud of his accomplishments on the international stage.

‘‘We still have photos of Andrew stuck up all around the centre,’’ Reedy said.

‘‘Andrew was a long-time member at our club and we like to think we had big influence on his career.’’

The relay gold is Pasterfield’s second medal for the games after winning last week winning bronze in the S10 50metre freestyle event.

Tomorrow Pasterfield will compete for a third medal in the men’s S10 100m freestyle event.

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