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Pascoe wins backstroke gold in Rio

NZN 11/09/2016

New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won gold in the women's 100m backstroke S10 at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Pascoe, who took silver in the 50m freestyle S10 on Saturday (NZT), clocked 1min 07.04sec to beat Hungary's Bianka Pap by nearly a full second.

The 23-year-old Kiwi had earlier posted the fastest qualifying time in the heats, although her 1:07.23 was well outside her personal best of 1:05.95.

Pascoe has amassed 11 Paralympic medals in total, winning three golds and three silvers in London four years ago, and two gold and a silver at Beijing in 2008.

She said it had been a tough night in the pool.

"I went out in the first 50m pretty much towards race plan and then the last 50m was hard - they came back in the last 25.

"It was just about guts and digging deep."

New Zealand's Paralympic medal tally at Rio to date sits at seven, comprising three golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

Mary Fisher, who earlier set a world record to earn gold in the women's 100m backstroke S11, finished fourth in the 400m freestyle on Sunday.

She had no complaints afterwards, saying she'd given it everything.

"I could not have gone any faster today, I gave it my all."

Long jumper Anna Grimaldi won New Zealand's first gold of the Paralympics two days ago with a personal best 5.62m in the women's T47 event.

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