Pascoe pipped for gold in pool
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 8:23a.m.
Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe has narrowly missed out on claiming her third gold in the pool in London.
The 19-year-old was beaten in the women's S10 100m backstroke by Canadian rival Summer Ashley Mortimer. She was tipped to win the event but was happy that she set a new personal best: "I had nothing left in me and I (was) all cramped up and everything so I know I've given it my all".
Mortimer, who qualified third for the final, set a new world record to win in one minute 5.90 seconds - 0.79sec ahead of Pascoe.
She edged past the Cantabrian in the final 15 metres as both swimmers bettered the previous world record set by Pascoe in the heats.
Pascoe now has two gold medals and two silver medals.
It was the only medal for New Zealand competitors on day seven of the Paralympics.
Also in the pool 20-year-old Daniel Holt was fourth in the S13 400m freestyle, bettering his own Oceania record set in the heats by almost five seconds.
Rebecca Dubber failed to make the final of the S7 50m freestyle, finishing 11th.
At the Olympic Stadium 1500m runner Tim Prendergast was sixth in the T13 class in a personal best time of 3:53.60 while 50-year-old javelin thrower Peter Martin was sixth in the F52/53 event.
At Weymouth the SKUD18 pair of Jan Apel and Tim Dempsey sit bottom of the leaderboard after a 10th and 11th in their two races, while Paul Francis was 11th and 12th.
New Zealand has claimed 12 medals - four gold, four silver and four bronze - to lie joint 18th on the medal table.
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