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Sophie Pascoe claims third gold medal at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa on September 12th, 2019

Sophie Pascoe celebrates after claiming her third gold of the World Para Swimming Championships. ALEX PANTLING/GETTY IMAGES

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe has continued her golden run at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, winning her third gold medal in as many days.

Pascoe cruised home in the final of the women’s 100m butterfly S9, recording a championship record time of 1min 4.35secs to finish three-and-a-half seconds clear of her nearest rival.Sophie Pascoe recorded a championship record time in the women's 100m butterfly S9 final in London.

Sophie Pascoe recorded a championship record time in the women’s 100m butterfly S9 final in London. DELLY CARR/PHOTOSPORT

With the win, Pascoe captured her 11th world title, and the nine-time Paralympic gold medallist now has a few days off before swimming the 50m freestyle S9.

Four other New Zealanders were in action on day three of the competition in the British capital.

Hamish McLean finished in sixth place in the men’s 200m individual medley SM6 final, setting a new Oceania record of 2mins53.06secs in the process. McLean sliced three seconds off his previous personal best.

“It went well. I’m pretty stoked with the time”, McLean said. “It went well. I’m pretty stoked with the time. I had a different process for tonight and it obviously paid off, yeah I’m pretty stoked with the time in general.New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe, centre, shows off her medal after winning the women's 100m butterfly S9.

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe, centre, shows off her medal after winning the women’s 100m butterfly S9. DELLY CARR/PHOTOSPORT

“It was a pretty tight race with some of the other competitors, it probably wasn’t the best executed [on my part] but something to learn from so I can go even faster next time.”

Elsewhere, Christchurch teenager Celyn Edwards finished eighth in the men’s 100m butterfly S8 final, while Christopher Arbuthnott and Jesse Reynolds failed to qualify for the men’s 100 metre butterfly S9 final.

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