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Sophie Pascoe strikes gold again at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa on September 11th, 2019

Canterbury’s Sophie Pascoe has claimed a second medal at the World Para Swimming Champs in London. (Getty Images)

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe has won her second gold medal at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Pascoe, who hails from Canterbury, won the final of the women’s 100m backstroke S9 by almost three seconds and her time of 1:07.49 was eight one hundredths of a second outside the world record she set earlier this year.

It was the 26 year old’s 10th world title.

Auckland teenager Tupou Neiufi has secured the silver medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S8.

She finished 8 seconds behind the winner, but was pleased to claim a place on the podium.

Neifui was pleased to not allow her nerves to compromise her performance.

“I feel great, it was a little slower than this morning [in the heat] but otherwise I feel good in the water,” she said.

“I definitely felt nervous, but I just kept telling myself, trust the process and everything, I’ve done all the work, I’ve done all the hard yards and all I need to do is show everyone how it is.”

Neiufi will race in the 50m freestyle and the 200m individual medley later in the week.

Jesse Reynolds came sixth in the final of the men’s 100 metre backstroke S9, and Celyn Edwards finished sixth in the men’s 100 metre backstroke S8.

Reynolds was pleased to record a personal best in the final. It was the first time he had finished under 1min 5sec, he said.

“So I’m really happy with the time, my placing isn’t quite where I want it to be and there’s definitely more in it for me, but hey, we I’ll come back again next year and have a look.”

Hamish McLean failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 100m freestyle S6.



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