AUSTRALIA’S MADISON DE ROZARIO WINS 4th GIO OZ DAY 10K WHILST JAPAN’S TOMOKI SUZUKI STEALS FIRST TITLE

Australia’s own Madison De Rozario today claimed her fourth victory in Australia’s most prestigious international wheelchair race, GIO Oz Day 10K, securing a record time of 25 minutes 38 seconds. Australian racing legend Kurt Fearnley OAM dominated the track, placing a close second to Japan’s Tomoki Suzuki.

Tomoki Suzuki (JPN) completed his first GIO Oz Day 10K in a record holding time of 21 minutes 50 seconds. Coming in close second, on the new 3-lap 10K course, was previous record holder and 11 time Oz Day 10K champion, Kurt Fearnley OAM with 22 minutes 18 seconds. USA’s Daniel Romanchu placed third with a time of 22 minutes 21 seconds.

The Open Women’s category dominated the track with powerhouse Aussie athlete’s Madison De Rozario (AUS) taking out first place and Jemima Moore (AUS) coming in a close second with a time of 27 minutes 11 seconds. Canada’s Jessica Frotten placed third in 28 minutes 33 seconds.

GIO Oz Day 10K winner, Madison De Rozario (AUS) commented on her win, “I can’t thank everyone enough for coming down to support us all. I’m thrilled with the outcome, managing to secure my 4th win!

“Being the first international race of the year, the Oz Day 10K has truly set the standard for what’s to come, and with the support of my coach, Louise Savage (OAM), I can’t wait to see what this year brings.”

Australian icon, Kurt Fearnley OAM commented, “The GIO Oz Day 10K is such an epic day for everyone involved! There’s nothing more special than competing on home soil surrounded by my family and friends.

“This is my 24th Oz Day and I’m looking forward to another 24.”

The under 18s category saw Sam Rizzo (AUS) take home the Junior Championship in a time of 23 minutes 38 seconds, and Gregory Luff (AUS) place second in 31 minutes 27 seconds.

The first junior sprint in two years ran from Argyle Cut through to George Street, showcasing some of the countries youngest talent and seeing Kurt’s mentee, 11-year-old Cormac Ryan winning the category for the first time.

CEO of Wheelchair Sports NSW, Jim O’Brien, watched on from the crowd and was thrilled at the support shown by the public at today’s GIO Oz Day 10K and throughout the GIO Summer Down Under Series.

“It’s fantastic seeing so much engagement from our home-grown athletes, especially in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games. GIO Oz Day 10K and the GIO Summer Down Under Series is Australia’s pinnacle wheelchair race – drawing international champions to compete in some of Australia’s most iconic locations.

“Australia produces such a high standard of talent within wheelchair racing and it’s such a joy to put them on an international stage on Australia Day.

“On behalf of all the athletes competing today, I’d like to thank the public for their support during the 29th Annual International Summer Down Under Series.” Said Mr O’Brien.

The GIO Oz Day 10K concluded the 2018 GIO Summer Down Under Series.

GIO OZ DAY 10K WHEELCHAIR RACE RESULTS
Men’s Open
1st – ​Tomaki Suzuki (JPN)​​21 minutes 50 seconds
2nd – ​Kurt Fearnley (AUS)​​22 minutes 18 seconds​​
3rd – ​Daniel Romanchu (USA)​22 minutes 21 seconds

Women’s Open
1st – ​Madison De Rozario (AUS)​25 minutes 38 seconds
2nd – ​Jemima Moore (AUS)​​27 minutes 11 seconds
3rd – ​Jessica Frotten (CAN)​​28 minutes 33 seconds

Masters
1st – ​Kota Hokinoue​ (JPN)​​22 minutes 39 seconds
2nd – ​Pierre Fairbank (FRA)​​23 minutes 15 seconds
3rd – ​Hitoshi Matsunaga (JPN)​23 minutes 36 seconds

Juniors
1st – ​Sam Rizzo​​23 minutes 38 seconds
2nd – ​Gregory Luff​​31 minutes 27 seconds

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It all started more than 50 years ago with a few visionary wheelchair members who believed in the power of sport to rehabilitate and integrate.

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