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Swimmer Pascoe claims fourth Paralympic medal

New Zealand are well into double figures on the Paralympic medal tally, with Christchurch teen Sophie Pascoe winning a third of them.



NEW Zealand are well into double figures on the Paralympic medal tally, with Christchurch teen Sophie Pascoe winning a third of them.

Pascoe equalled her haul from Beijing with her fourth medal yesterday, although it was not quite the colour she wanted.

The 19-year-old set a Paralympic record in the morning heats of the women’s S10 100m backstroke of 1min 7.77sec, but rival Summer Ashley Mortimer, of Canada, went even quicker in the final, forcing Pascoe into second spot.

It was the second time Mortimer had got the better of Pascoe in a final, with Pascoe settling for silver in the 50m freestyle as well.

Pascoe’s time of 1:06:69 was still a personal best and Oceania record.

”Unfortunately she pipped me at the post again,” Pascoe told Fairfax NZ.

”But I’ve given it everything and that’s all I can ask of myself.”

The two silvers sit alongside the two gold medals she has also won, with two events still left on her schedule.

She took three gold and one silver from Beijing.

She still has the S10 100m freestyle and SB9 100m breaststroke remaining.

Also in the pool, Auckland’s Daniel Holt, 20, narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the S13 400m freestyle final.

Holt set an Oceania record as the third fastest qualifier from the heats and went a massive 5s quicker in the final with a time of 4:12.66, missing bronze by 1.5s.

Earlier, Rebecca Dubber was off the pace in the S7 50m freestyle heat, finishing 11th and missing the final.

At the Olympic Stadium, highly-decorated Peter Martin, a 50-year old-farmer from Waikato, finished sixth of nine starters in the F52/53 javelin.

He retired after Beijing, but his comeback showed the competition had progressed.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” he said after a best throw of 15.26m.

”I haven’t had the best buildup with injuries and so forth, but I just haven’t been able to find the form I had at home.”

Wellington’s Tim Prendergast was sixth in the final of the T13 1500m but registered a personal best time of 3:53.60.

At Greenwich Park, Waikato dressage rider Rachel Stock finished ninth in the grade III individual freestyle test with a score of 66.85 per cent to complete her first Games.

In Weymouth, the Kiwis continue to struggle in the sailing regatta.

The SKUD18 two-person keelboat crew of Jan Apel and Tim Dempsey were 11th and 10th today while Paul Francis was 11th and 12th in the two 2.4mR one-person keelboat races, with both crews out of the medal picture.