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Australia's Freney breaks world record to win fifth gold

LONDON -- Australia's Jacqueline Freney won her fifth gold of the London Paralympics on Monday, capping off a day of triumph by shattering a world record in the relay.

The 20-year-old, along with teammates Ellie Cole, Maddison Elliott and Katherine Downie, finished the 4x100-meter freestyle 34-point relay in a record 4 minutes and 20.39 seconds, with the United States claiming silver and Britain taking the bronze.

“These girls swim out of their skin for Australia, I didn't want to let them down at all,” said Freney after the race. “I gave it my all. We ended up with a world record and got a gold medal to boot, I couldn't be prouder.”

Freney said she was overwhelmed to get her fifth gold — with more on the cards.

“It's absolutely incredible, I can't explain how happy I am. The meet has gone to plan, every bit of it. I take every race in my stride. I've got eight events and my main one hasn't even started yet, so these are just bonuses to me, the icing on the cake”, she added.

The relay gold was a double victory for Australia after their men's team won the same event on Sunday.

Freney, who has cerebral palsy, seized the S7 100-meter freestyle title earlier on Monday. She set a new world record in the SM7 200-meter individual relay on Sunday and won the S7 50-meter butterfly and S7 100-meter backstroke last week.

The Australian adds the five golds to the three bronze medals she won at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.

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Australia's Jacqueline Freney competes during the women's S7 100-meter Freestyle Final category during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in east London on Monday, Sept. 3. Freney won the race to win the gold medal. (AFP)

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