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Pascoe wins second gold in world record

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

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.

Pascoe has won the event comfortably at three successive Paralympics and says she takes pride in her dominance.

"To be good at all four strokes and to put it all together in one race is challenging," she said.

"I set the benchmark pretty high four years ago setting the world record and to finally turn around tonight, I am just absolutely stoked."

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

Pascoe 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.

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.

She has two events remaining in Rio.

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.

Foy, who is visually impaired, says she and Thompson weren't at their best.

"To win silver is a great achievement (but) it felt rough out there and it was hard and it did not come together how we would have liked it to," she said.

The pair, who are three-time world champions on the track, will contest two road events together.

It is a fourth Paralympics medal for sighted pilot Thompson, who won a gold, silver and bronze medal with the retired 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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