Gabriel Cole (athlete)

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Gabriel Cole
180411 - Gabriel Cole - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Cole
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22)
Malvern, Victoria
Country Australia
Sport Athletics
College team DC

Gabriel Cole (born 15 January 1992,) who has a partially formed left arm, is an Australian athletics competitor. He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics.


Cole was born on 15 January 1992[1] in Malvern, South Australia,[2][3][4] "with a partially formed left arm".[4][5][6] He attended Mercedes College.[7] Sports he played in his youth, before he took up athletics, included cycling, surfing, soccer and skate boarding.[4] He attended Mercedes College,[5][6] and was in year 12 in 2010.[4][6] As of June 2012, he was attending university and working on a course in architecture.[5]


Cole competes in the T46 classification.[1][5] In June 2012, his personal best time in the 100 metres was 11.13sec, half a second off world record time.[5] He ran as a hobby, but took up the sport seriously in 2008 after his high school French teacher, Ellen Bailey, helped bring a talent scout to the school to watch him run.[3][5][6] In 2009, he had the fastest time in the T46 under-20 for the 100 metres.[6] He was running times in the 12 second range.[4]

Cole with athletics teammates at the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

At the 2010 National Championships in March, Cole finished third in the 100 metres event with a time of 11.49 seconds.[6] He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 100 metres event,[4][5][6][8] where he was one of only two South Australian competitors with a disability at the Games.[4] He had a torn hamstring but still managed to make the finals for the 100 metres event.[5] Going into the Commonwealth Games, he trained five days a week.[4] In 2011, he had an athletics scholarship with the South Australian Institute of Sport.[9] He finished first in his class in the 100 metres event at the 2012 Australian and German national championships.[3] Cole competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics in the 100 m T46 event but did not medal. [1][2][3][5][10][11] [12]

At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won a silver medal in the Men's 100 m T46 event. [13]


  1. ^ a b c "Gabriel Cole | APC Corporate". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b Chris Dutton (2012-06-06). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jones, Erin (13 June 2012). "Breaking the pain barrier". Eastern Courier Messenger. p. 12. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Williamson, Brett (2010-08-16). "The world at his feet". ABC Adelaide - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Griffiths, Emily. because of a sore leg "Malvern athlete's golden run". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Unley athlete lives the dream". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Emily (2012-07-13). "Mercedes celebrates its Olympians". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  8. ^ Sydney (2010-04-20). "Australian C'wealth Games athletics team named". Melbourbe: The Age. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Congratulations to the following athletes who received a 2011 SASI Paralympic Scholarship". Talent Times SA. South Australia. p. 3. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Walters sprints for London - Teenager set for Paralympics debut". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia). 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Morgan, Kym. "London Bound: Your local Olympics coverage". Portside Messenger. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Gabriel Cole". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Evan O'Hanlon claims second gold medal at the IPC World Athletics Championships". News Limited Network. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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