Maddi Elliott's sets new world record to win S8 50m gold

Maitland’s Maddi Elliott has established herself as one of Australia’s Paralympic greats with three gold and two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Elliott claimed gold breaking her own world record in the S8 50 metres freestyle Saturday morning, becoming the first woman in her category to swim the distance in under 30 seconds

She backed up just two hours later to win silver in the 34 point 4x100m medley a day after winning gold in another world record time in the 4x100m 34 point freestyle relay.

Earlier in the week she won gold in her pet event the S8 100m freestyle and silver in the 100m backstroke.

Breaking the 30 second mark in the 50m freestyle was a personal highlight for Elliott.

"I'm overwhelmed with emotion right now because I'm not fully comprehending it," she said.

Elliott said her focus had been on executing the race plan.

“I have been trying to go under 30 (seconds) for three years,” an emotional Elliott told reporters after the event.

“To be able to do it tonight at the Paralympics is overwhelming.”

“Even if it wasn’t under 30, I just wanted to get that world record,” she said.

On Friday she won gold in the 4x100m 34 point freestyle relay with her teammates Ellie Cole, Lakeisha Patterson and Ashleigh McConnell in world record time.

The Australian’s beat their own record by almost four seconds to record a time of 4:16.65.

Elliott swan the third leg of the final contributing to a seven second break for McConnell who was anchoring the relay against America’s 100m S9 paralympic champion Michelle Konkoly.

The Australian team featured two S9 and two S8 swimmers in the race in which teams must have a maximum of 34 points.

“To compete with these four girls and we got another world record time it’s truly amazing,” Elliott said after the race.

In Saturday’s medley relay Elliott swam the backstroke leg 

At just 17 she has brought her Paralympic medal tally to four gold, three silver and two bronze medal after debuting with a full set of medals at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Considered a veteran of the Australian swimming team she could feasibly compete in at least another two games and possibly a third.

Meanwhile, Hunter Paralympians  Liesl Tesh and Dan Fitzgibbon defeding their sailing title in the SKUD18 category.

Upper Hunter equestrian Lisa Martin just missed a medal for a second straight Paralympics, finishing fourth in the dressage.

Wheelchair races Kurt Fearnley and Christie Dawes contest their pet event, the marathon, early Monday morning.

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