Simon Patmore won Australia’s first Winter Paralympic gold medal since Salt Lake City. (AP / OIS / IOC: Simon Bruty)
Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore has won Australia’s first Winter Paralympics gold medal in 16 years, taking out the men’s snowboard cross SB-UL big final at Pyeongchang.
AUS Paralympic Team tweet: IT’S GOLD!! Simon Patmore has won Australia’s first Para-snowboard medal and first Paralympic gold since 2002! #WeBelieve @skiandboardaus @Paralympics @Ausport
Patmore, who won a bronze medal in the 200 metre T46 event at the London summer Paralympics in 2012, beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle to clinch the gold — Australia’s first Winter Paralympic title since the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.
He becomes the fifth Australian athlete — after Michael Milton (six gold medals), Bart Bunting and his guide Nathan Chilvers (two), Michael Norton (two) and James Patterson (one) — to win a Winter Paralympic title.
Patmore is also the first Australian para-snowboarder to win a medal at a Winter Games.
The 30-year-old Queenslander was born with Erb’s palsy, causing nerve damage in his left arm.
Patmore’s teammate Sean Pollard made it to the 1/8 final before losing to Italy’s Jacopo Luchini.
More to come.