Australians Dylan Alcott and Curtis McGrath collect Paralympic gold

The 30-year-old will depart Tokyo for the US Open, where he will try to make it a perfect five from five after also winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon crowns in 2021.

The singles win was sweet revenge for Alcott after he and Heath Davidson surrendered their Paralympic doubles crown to Schroder and Niels Vink.

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Alcott started with a bang, breaking No.2-ranked Schroder to love to lead 2-0, but then only won one of the next six games.

Channelling Lleyton Hewitt’s trademark ‘C’mon’, Alcott willed himself to a first-set win after trailing 3-5.

Alcott was able to break back and then consolidate before he steamed through the tiebreak to clinch the set.

With all the momentum, the second set was a mostly one-sided affair with Alcott sweeping through in 40 minutes.

Speaking on Channel Seven after the match, Alcott said the win is a personal and career milestone. 

“I’m not coming back to the Paralympics ever again,’ he said. “I just, I love the Paralympic games so much, it means so much to me.”

He said entering Paralympic sport as a 17-year-old was life-changing.

“When I was 17 I got to go with the Rollers and we won gold and it was life-changing. But Paralympic sport in general saved my life, it did. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, and, I owe it so much.

He said one of his biggest goals has been to change the perceptions society has of people with disabilities.

“Not every person with a disability can be a Paralympian. But they can be a doctor, a lawyer, a mum, a dad, a teacher, an educator, politician whatever it is. But they don’t often get the opportunities that we get here to play sport.

“It means that much to me. It’s huge. And to get it done today is bloody awesome.”

Curtis McGrath celebrates his Gold Medal in the Mens Va'a Single 200m Canoe Sprint VL3 Final A at the Sea Forest Waterway during the Tokyo Paralympic Games.


Unstoppable sprint paddler Curtis McGrath bagged his third Paralympic gold medal on Saturday.

McGrath stormed home in the VL3 200m on Saturday, which is raced in a va’a – an outrigger canoe with a single-blade paddle.

It was McGrath’s second medal in Tokyo after also winning the men’s kayak single 200m KL2 final, successfully defending his title from Rio.

The 33-year-old again got off to a slow start on the Sea Forest Waterway course, but stormed home in the back end of the 200m to finish 1.611 seconds clear of Brazilian Giovane Vieira de Paula.

Great Britain’s Stuart Wood, who set a Paralympic best time in the heat, collected bronze.

Australia's Curtis McGrath (centre) celebrates with his gold medal.

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While he went into the VL3 final the favourite as world champion, McGrath said its addition to the Paralympic schedule kept him on edge.

“I was so nervous coming down the run,” the 33-year-old Queenslander told Channel Seven.

A former soldier, McGrath, who lost his legs on service in Afghanistan, said the third medal was one to treasure.

“Being a debut event, wanting to put my foot down on the sport and maintain my undefeated status in the event was something that meant a lot to me, and I’m very happy to achieve that,” he said.

“The initial goal was to come here and stand on top of the podium twice … I’m very happy with the double gold.

“This last one here is really special.”


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