Sophie Pascoe wins New Zealand’s eighth medal at Tokyo Paralympics

Publish Date
Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 10:30PM

Sophie Pascoe has won New Zealand's eighth medal of the Tokyo Paralympics after claiming gold in the women's S9 100m freestyle tonight.

She was slightly slow off the blocks but took the lead after 30m and had a body-length lead at the turn.

Despite slowing over the final 25m, she held off the charging Sarai Gascon from Spain and Mariana Ribeiro from Brazil to win in a time of 1:02.37.

Tonight's medal marks Pascoe's 18th Paralympic medal, a tally that now comprises ten golds, seven silvers and one bronze.

Less than 40 athletes have won 10 or more gold medals at the summer Paralympics.

The 28-year-old still has two more chances to add to her medal tally in Tokyo.

Congratulations Sophie!