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Kiwi’s continue IPC dominance

August 17, 2013
New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe. Photo / AP

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe. Photo / AP

Champion New Zealand swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher continued their dominance of their events with a brace of gold medals at the IPC world championships in Montreal.

Christchurch‘s Pascoe won her third gold medal in as many events when she triumphed in her S10 category 100m butterfly final, and in a world record time. It is the event in which she won one of her three gold medals at last year’s Paralympics in London.

Pascoe, a below the knee amputee, had set a world best mark in winninHg her heat earlier in the day, I 1min 04.39s. She then dipped under that in another dominant swim in the final, clocking 1:03.95.

Poland’s Oliwia (crrt) Jablonski took silver in 1:08.54, while France’s Elodie Lorandi won bronze in 1:08.93.

Fisher has secured her fourth gold medal out of five events so far at the championships.
The 20-year-old from Wellington, who is visually impaired, was 2.7s clear at the 50m turn and romped away to win the 100m butterfly final in the S11 category in 1min16.08s.

She had already won the 100m backstroke and freestyle gold medals, and the 50m freestyle, along with getting silver in the 400m freestyle event.

Fisher, 20, has one event remaining, the 200m individual medley, in which she won her first Paralympic gold medal in London last year.

Pascoe has two events to swim, the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
North Shore’s Daniel Holt finished fourth in the S13 400m freestyle final for visually impaired athletes.

Holt clocked 4:15.72, trailing home winner Ihar Boki (crrt) of Belarus, who won in a world record 3:55.56, eclipsing his own world best mark, set in London last year.
Hamilton’s Jesse Reynolds, the only newcomer in the New Zealand team at the championships, finished sixth in his S9 category 400m freestyle final in 4:31.71.

Hamilton Boy’s High School pupil Reynolds has one leg. The race won in world record time by Australian Brendon Hall, 4:09.93.


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