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Sophie Pascoe wins the women’s 200m individual medley SM9 in Tokyo.
He offered a glimmer of hope to his rivals at the Tokyo Aquatics Center earlier this week. But on Wednesday night, Sophie Pascoe closed the door on her favorite event as she won her 11th Paralympic gold medal.
Pascoe performed well in the first three lengths, then went on to win the women’s 200m individual medal SM9, winning consecutive gold medals in the pool in 24 hours and winning the fourth consecutive 200 IM title in Beijing. I was 15 years old for the first time in 2008
The Kiwi swimmer had a time of 3.54 seconds at the last turn and looked ready for a comfortable victory before fading dramatically in the last 10 meters of the freestyle leg, which gave a disappointing late stop to Hungary’s Zofia Konkoli. Taken Pascoe’s time of 2 minutes 32.73 seconds gave him a victory of 0.27 seconds.
Pascoe wins first gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics
But that was enough, a tired, calm Pasco held four fingers in the pool to sleep all his medals. She gained a margin of 1.15sec and 1.08sec on the first two turns before making a decisive break on the breaststroke leg.
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Pascoe’s 11th gold medal and 19th medal put New Zealand at nine in the Paralympics. And another one is coming on Thursday as Pasco reaches the 20m and the 100m Butterfly S9 is seen adding two of its gold, silver and bronze from last week.
On Monday night, a sobbing Pascoe collapsed as she finished third in the 100-meter backstroke, realizing that her best effort was not enough to challenge for victory.
But after some calm words from his coach, Rowley Crichton, who is still at home in Christchurch due to ill health, Pascoe set himself up to win his first gold medal of the 100m freestyle S9. ۔
His confidence was restored, tears of joy were flowing, he fixed his strong gaze on 200 IM.
“It’s a big race, it’s a race that got me into the Paralympic Games and there’s a lot of history in this race. “I want to,” he told TVNZ.
The morning heat was not a problem for Pascoe or many of his fans.
He easily won the Heat Three with a time of 5.33 seconds, fastest at 2: 34.55, which was the fastest overall at 0.61 seconds, with Concoli being his closest challenger.
Earlier, 2016 Rio double medalist Nikita Howarth took fourth place in the 100m breaststroke SB7 final with a time of 1: 36.65. She was 1.63 seconds behind bronze medalist Tiffany Thomas Kane of Australia.
Another New Zealand finalist, Jesse Reynolds, finished seventh in the men’s 200 IM SM9 final at 2: 25.62, about 8 seconds behind the bronze medalist.