Two more golds for NZ
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 8:01a.m.
New Zealand added four more medals to their growing stockpile at the London Paralympic Games, including a gold each at the cycling velodrome and swimming pool.
Cyclists Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson won the women's individual B pursuit, while swimmer Cameron Leslie broke a world record to win the 150m individual medley SM4.
Riding on a tandem with Thompson the guide for the vision-impaired Gray, the New Zealand pair clocked three minutes 32.24 seconds to head off world champion Irish pair Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan in the final.
It wasn't as fast as the New Zealanders' qualifying time of 3min 31.53sec, which smashed the previous world record by nearly 5sec.
"The world record doesn't even feel real yet, nothing feels real, it's just a dream," said Gray, a 23-year-old from Invercargill.
"We broke the world record in training in Italy and we were confident we could do it again."
Northland swimmer Leslie eclipsed his rivals in the men's SM4 150m individual medley by a nearly 14sec as he also went well under the world record.
Leslie, who has quadruple limb deficiency, defended the title he won at the 2008 Beijing Games with a tremendous winning time of 2min 25.98sec.
Meanwhile, swimmer Mary Fisher won silver in the S11 women's 100m backstroke in a time of 1min 19.62sec - her third medal of the Games - while Michael Johnson won bronze in the R4 10m air rifle standing with a score of 704.7 points.
New Zealand's medal tally after five days of competition sits at 11.
They have won four gold medals, including two to swimmer Sophie Pascoe.
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3/09/2012 11:29:10 a.m.
Go Team wrote:
Awesome results for our paralympians! Congrats! A question: the medal winners from the Olympics received a payment for winning, does anyone know if the paralympic team receive the same?
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