NZ Paralympic medal count rises
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 7:20a.m.
New Zealand have won two silver medals in the pool and a cycling track bronze on the second day of Paralympic Games competition in London.
Swimmer Sophie Pascoe added to her gold in the 200m individual medley yesterday (NZT) with a silver in the S10 50m freestyle, edged into second place by Canada's Summer Mortimer, who set a world record.
Earlier, Wellington's Mary Fisher won silver in the S11 100m freestyle, storming home with an Oceania record time of 1min 09.83 seconds after having qualified fifth fastest for the final.
She was beaten by Italian Cecilia Camellini.
"I'm really happy to get silver, going into the final stretch was really exciting, I could feel the girl next to me who got the gold, it must have been her kick on the last 25 metres, but it was amazing," said Fisher, who is the same age as Pascoe at 19.
Meanwhile, cyclists Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson claimed bronze in the women's B 1km time trial.
Their time of 1min 11.24sec was beaten by winners Australia and Great Britain.
New Zealand's medal tally stands at one gold, two silvers and two bronze, with Paralympic bosses having set a target of 18 medals at the Games.
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