Sixth medal for Sophie Pascoe
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 7:21a.m.
New Zealanders have continued their medal run in the pool at the Paralympic Games in London, with Mary Fisher taking her first gold and Sophie Pascoe adding a third silver to her haul.
Fisher, 19, of Wellington set a world record in the 200m individual medley in two minutes 0.46.91 seconds. She already had two silvers and a bronze.
Pascoe, who had three golds and two silvers, finished no less than second in all 12 of her races - six heats and six finals.
Swimming in possibly the most competitive discipline of the S10 class, the 19-year-old Cantabrian produced a career-best 1:19.28 seconds to set an Oceania record and qualify second-fastest for the final.
She then swam nearly a second better in the final in 1:18.30, just a shade off the winner from the Ukraine, Khrystyna Yurchenko in 1:17.81.
Pascoe was ready for a drag race in her final night at the London Aquatics centre.
"I'm incredibly rapt to finish the games off like that. My ultimate goal was to get on the podium and that's what I've done. I'm finished and had a great campaign," she said.
Swimming would be her career for the foreseeable future and turning silver into gold next time was a key motivation.
"You'll see me back. They're PBs (personal bests) in all of those silver races but, yeah, it makes me hungrier for more."
Meanwhile, four Paralympics might not be enough to satisfy Kiwi middle-distance runner Tim Prendergast.
The 33-year-old finished fifth in his 800m T13 final in a personal best time of 1:55.85 and later said he might be back for Rio but not on the track.
"Not having the speed of a 25-year-old Tim any more, I'm just not able to foot it with those guys any more."
The gold medal was won by 18-year-old Algerian Abdellatif Baka in 1:53.01.
"I'm really liking the look of Para Tri (triathlon), which will be a new sport for Rio. I know I'm pretty strong over the 5km and I can hopefully improve on my swimming and stuff, so now I'm just looking to see if there are any former athletes who want to be my guide and my pilot."
Peter Martin, who was also competing at his fourth Paralympic games, finished fifth in the F52/53 shotput and sixth in the javelin. He said he would take time out before deciding on his competitive future.
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