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Pascoe wins second gold in world record

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/09/2016
Double gold medalist, Sophie Pascoe. © Getty Images Double gold medalist, Sophie Pascoe.

Sophie Pascoe has stormed to the eighth gold medal of her glittering Paralympics swimming career, winning the 200m individual medley in Rio.

Christchurch amputee Pascoe dominated from the outset to notch her second victory and third medal at the current Games, heading off Canadian Aurelie Rivard by more than five seconds. Bianka Pap of Hungary was third.

The winning time of 2min 24.90sec was half a second under Pascoe's own world record for the event in the SM10 class, set four years ago.

The event is Pascoe's strongest, having won it comfortably at three successive Paralympics.

She gained a measure of revenge on Rivard, who beat her to gold in the 50m freestyle final on Friday.

Pascoe was the fastest qualifier for the multi-disciplined race and took command from the opening butterfly length, sitting three lengths clear of her rivals.

The 23-year-old, who won three golds at both the Beijing and London Games, broke down in tears after her victory, as she did after winning Saturday's 100m backstroke.

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She says she is dedicating her performances in Rio to close friend and training partner Hayley Edmond, who died of cancer earlier in the month.

New Zealand's medal haul in Rio sits at nine medals, including four gold.

Their other medal on Sunday was a silver to tandem track cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Thompson in the 3000m individual pursuit.

British pair Lora Turnham and Corrinne Hall won the final by more than 3sec from the Kiwi duo, who were also second-fastest in qualifying.

It is a fourth Paralympics medal for Thompson, who won a gold, silver and bronze medal with the vision impaired cyclist Phillipa Gray at London four years ago.

New Zealand's other tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen qualified for the bronze ride-off but had to settle for fourth behind Britons Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott.

Athlete Anna Grimaldi, who won the women's T47 long jump on Thursday, was fourth in the 100m final. Her time of 12.96sec was just outside the personal best achieved in qualifying a day earlier.

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