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Six medals for NZ Paralympians

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/09/2016

New Zealand has tasted success in the pool at the Rio Paralympics, with Mary Fisher setting a world record to earn gold in the women's 100m backstroke S11.

Fisher's time of 1min17.96sec confined China's Liwen Cai and Sweden's Maja Reichard to second and third.

Earlier, Sophie Pascoe scored New Zealand's 200th Paralympic medal in winning silver in the women's 50m freestyle S10.

Pascoe's personal best of 27.72 seconds was .45sec behind Canadian Aurelie Rivard, who set a world record on 27.27sec. China's Yi Chen finished third.

Pascoe, 23, won silver in the same event in London, part of her haul of three golds and three silvers.

In track and field events, Liam Malone took silver in the men's 100m T44 final with a time of 11.02sec, behind England's Johnnie Peacock.

Rory McSweeney, 31, earlier won bronze in the men's javelin F44m, with his fourth throw measuring 54.99m.

The gold was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Akeem Stewart, who threw a world record 57.32m, and silver by Canada's Alister McQueen.

The four medals in one day lifts New Zealand's total to six at Rio, two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

The 31-strong team is aiming for 18 medals, including 12 golds.

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