Gabriel Cole (athlete)

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Gabriel Cole
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Cole
Personal information
Born (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 27)
Malvern, Victoria
Country Australia
College teamDC

Gabriel Cole (born 15 January 1992) who has a partially formed left arm, is an Australian Paralympic athletics competitor. He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics. He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1]


Cole at the 2012 London Paralympics
Cole at the 2012 London Paralympics

Cole was born on 15 January 1992[2] in Malvern, South Australia,[3][4][5] "with a partially formed left arm".[5][6][7] He attended Mercedes College.[8] Sports he played in his youth, before he took up athletics, included cycling, surfing, soccer and skate boarding.[5] He attended Mercedes College,[6][7] and was in year 12 in 2010.[5][7] As of June 2012, he was attending university and working on a course in architecture.[6]


Cole competes in the T46 classification.[2][6]

In June 2012, his personal best time in the 100 metres was 11.13sec, half a second off world record time.[6] 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.[4][6][7] In 2009, he had the fastest time in the T46 under-20 for the 100 metres.[7] He was running times in the 12 second range.[5]

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.[7] He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 100 metres event,[5][6][7][9] where he was one of only two South Australian competitors with a disability at the Games.[5] He had a torn hamstring but still managed to make the finals for the 100 metres event.[6] Going into the Commonwealth Games, he trained five days a week.[5]

In 2011, he had an athletics scholarship with the South Australian Institute of Sport.[10]

He finished first in his class in the 100 metres event at the 2012 Australian and German national championships.[4] Cole competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics in the 100 m T46 event but did not medal.[2][3][4][6][11][12][13]

At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won a silver medal in the Men's 100 m T46 event.[14] He came fifth in the 100m T47 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he finished seventh in the Men's 100 m T47.[15]


  1. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Gabriel Cole | APC Corporate". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Chris Dutton (6 June 2012). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Jones, Erin (13 June 2012). "Breaking the pain barrier". Eastern Courier Messenger. p. 12. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Williamson, Brett (16 August 2010). "The world at his feet". ABC Adelaide - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Griffiths, Emily. "Malvern athlete's golden run". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Unley athlete lives the dream". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  8. ^ Griffiths, Emily (13 July 2012). "Mercedes celebrates its Olympians". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  9. ^ Sydney (20 April 2010). "Australian C'wealth Games athletics team named". Melbourbe: The Age. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Congratulations to the following athletes who received a 2011 SASI Paralympic Scholarship". Talent Times SA (PDF). South Australia. p. 3. Retrieved 15 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Walters sprints for London - Teenager set for Paralympics debut". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  12. ^ Morgan, Kym. "London Bound: Your local Olympics coverage". Portside Messenger. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Gabriel Cole". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Evan O'Hanlon claims second gold medal at the IPC World Athletics Championships". News Limited Network. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Gabriel Cole". Rio Paralympics Official site. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.

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