Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Day Seven Preview

Today our road cyclists get ready to take the track with Carol Cooke, Stuart Tripp, Emily Petricola and Alistair Donohoe all set to go for gold. Col Pearse is ready to make his Paralympic debut, as Dylan Alcott competes to secure his spot in the gold medal match.

Image: Col Pearse gets set to make his Paralympic debut at 11:33am today. Credit: Paralympics Australia 


Women's C4 Time Trial (Emily Petricola)* 
Men's H5 Time Trial (Stuart Tripp)* 
Men's C5 Time Trial (Alistair Donohoe)* 
Women's T1-2 Time Trial (Carol Cooke)*  

Australia V Algeria Classification Playoff 9/10 (Bree Mellberg, Isabel Martin) 

Men's 1500m T13 Final (Jaryd Clifford)* 

Men's 100m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 (Col Pearse)
Men's 100m Butterfly S10 Final (Col Pearse)**  

Men's Quad Singles Semi Final (Dylan Alcott) 

Men's Team Class 9-10 (Ma Lin) 
Men's Team Class 9-10 Quarter Final (Ma Lin)** 


The para-cycling team is filled with world record holders, reigning world champions, and Paralympic medallist. 

Arguably one of the most decorated and motivational figures in Australian sport, is three-time Paralympic gold medallist Carol Cooke. Already a 9-time World Champion, Cooke will look to add to her medal collection at Tokyo 2020. 

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, Cooke took up para-rowing in 2006, in which she narrowly missed the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, before she finally found her calling in the sport of para-cycling. In 2012 she made her Paralympic debut in London and won gold in the mixed time trial T1-2 event. Four years later in Rio, she went on to win two gold medals in the T2 women’s individual time trial and the road race. 

With the competition stronger than ever at Tokyo, Cooke is ready and raring to defend her Paralympic titles, and if anyone is up for the job, it’s Carol. 

Another athlete to watch with great excitement will be Alistair Donohoe, as he returns to the cycling track with one thing on his mind – redemption! 

In Rio, Donohoe won silver medals in the C5 men’s individual pursuit (track) and the time trial (road). But it’s the men’s road race that he will be looking to make a statement in. 

In 2016 he was up against Ukraine’s Yehor Dementyev as they sprinted towards the finish line. The two leaders were fighting for gold, before Dementyev, veered into the path of Donohoe and they both crashed to the ground. Robbed of his Paralympic gold medal dream in Rio, Donohoe will be looking to bring home that medal from Tokyo. 

Emily Petricola (Para-track & road cycling – C4) and Stuart Tripp (Para-road cycling – H5) will also be looking to add medals to the Australian team’s tally joining Donohoe and Cooke in the 12-person para-cycling squad. 

Col Pearse

Col Pearse will be one to keep your eye on in Tokyo, he will be competing in the men's S10 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and the 200m Individual Medley. 

Pearse had his right foot amputated from below the ankle at age two following a collision with a ride-on lawn mower. He first made his senior Australian debut in 2019, competing at the London Para World Championships, where he won a bronze medal in his favoured 100m butterfly event. 

Pearse’s journey to Tokyo has been quite unique, as the closure of swimming pools in 2020, due to COVID restrictions, forced him to think outside the box.  As a result, he decided to return home to his family’s dairy farm in Echuca, where the family built a “home-made” swimming pool in the farm’s dam. 

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