London's Olympic Stadium.
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Australia strike gold in London

THE London Paralympics are certainly proving to be a golden one for Australia.

The Aussies have already won 16 gold medals to equal the haul won in Beijing four years ago and we are only five days into the competition.

The swimmers have captured nine of those gold ... five of them belong to Jacqueline Freney.

The 20-year-old from Skenners Head in New South Wales has won an incredible five golds from five starts and she still has three events to swim.

Freney, who was born with cerebral palsy diplegia, won her fourth individual gold in the 100m freestyle S7 in another Paralympic record (1:09.39secs), before adding to her already impressive collection with a 4x100m win in another world record time (4:20.39secs) alongside Ellie Cole, Maddison Elliott and Katherine Downie.

Her earlier triumphs were in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

It mean's that Freney is now well within touching distance of Siobhan Paton's Australian record of six gold medals from a single Games, which she achieved in Sydney 12 years ago.

Freney, a three-time bronze medallist in Beijing, was lost for words after her golden double.

"I just wanted to get one gold, but five is over my head, I can't even comprehend it," she said. "It's absolutely incredible and I can't explain in words how happy I am.

"I've got eight events and my main (races) haven't started yet, so these are just bonuses for me."

Her young relay teammate Maddison Elliott also made history on the way to winning gold.

The 13-year-old cerebral palsy athlete swam into the record books by becoming Australia's youngest Paralympic gold medallist. Elizabeth Edmonson was 14 years and 4 months when she won three gold medals in Tokyo in 1964.

The Aussie won five medals in all on day five with swimmer Matthew Levy winning silver in the 100m freestyle S7, Russell Short finishing with bronze in the shot put F11/12 and wheelchair racer Brad Scott's silver in the 1500m T37 completing the haul.

Runner Tim Sullivan, who is currently the equal most successful Australian Paralympian with 10 gold alongside swimmer Matt Cowdrey, missed the chance to edge ahead after finishing fifth in his 400m T38 final.

Australia was fourth on the medal table at the end of the day with 16 gold, 13 silver and 19 bronze.