Swimming star Matt Cowdrey has become one of the nation's most decorated Paralympians after he anchored home the men's 4x100 freestyle relay in London.
The Australian team of Cowdrey, Andrew Pasterfield, Matthew Levy and Blake Cochrane won in three minutes 50.17 seconds from China (3:51.68) and Russia (3:52.93).
Cowdrey went into the race with nine gold medals, seven silver and two bronze, behind runner Tim Sullivan, who has 10 gold and is competing in London. He now has 19 medals overall, equal with former swimmer Kingsley Bugarin, whose total included five gold.
Cowdrey, who has swum in three Paralympic Games, said he was overwhelmed by his new status, but even more so that it was done with the relay team after it won silver in the past two Games.
"Out of the 10 gold that's one got to be up there with the sweetest by a long way. To finally win that one after going down in Athens and Beijing and finally getting one at the world champs two years ago, getting one at a Paralympic level is fantastic for our team," Cowdrey said.
"I'm blown away to be honest. It's been an honour to be a part of this sport for the past 10 years, and it's slowly starting to sink in what I've been able to do but I don't want to reflect on that now unfortunately, we've still got a long way to go in this meet. But tonight we'll enjoy this moment."
Shooter Libby Kosmala, who has a total of nine gold and three silver, has completed her events without a medal in what she says will be her final Games.
Former Paralympians Louise Sauvage and Priya Cooper also have nine gold medals.
The nature of the relay, where swimmers of different classifications can be pitted against each other, means the lead swung wildly between the Australians and Brazil. But Cowdrey powered over the last 100 metres to clinch the victory.
Elsewhere in the pool, Jacqueline Freney won her third gold medal of the meet, leading home the field in the 200 individual medley [SM7]. She won in a world record of two minutes 54.42 more than 10 seconds ahead of second-place getter Brianna Nelson [3:04.60] and has become the dominant swimmer of the Australian team in this meet.
Maddison Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, continued her remarkable rise by winning a silver in the 50 freestyle [S8] and beating American star Jessica Long.