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Sophie Pascoe wins another outstanding GOLD in the pool

Sophie Pascoe wins another outstanding GOLD in the pool

Posted September 02, 2021

Media Release: Paralympics New Zealand

New Zealand’s paralympian swimmer Sophie Pascoe won another GOLD medal last night taking her medal haul for Tokyo 2020 to 4 medals in total and her total career tally at the Paralympic Games to 19 over four Paralympics (11 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze).

Pascoe dominated her favoured event and won in a time of 2:32.73. At the end though, she was just two 10ths of a second ahead of silver medallist Zsofia Konkoly (Hungary) on 2:33.00, after nearly being caught on the last leg.

Pascoe was off the block very fast and pulled away to a dominant lead in the Butterfly, taking the next three turns in the lead position and pulling away through the Backstroke and Breaststroke.

About halfway through the last leg, the Freestyle, the Hungarian began chasing her down and another few lengths might have done it.

Nuria Soto Marques took the bronze in a time of 2:35.64. Pascoe’s latest medal came after collecting a GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE over the last few days of competition.

Pascoe had already set the tone for the event earlier, with a dominant performance in the heats and the fastest qualifying time.

Pascoe said: “I did really leave it all out there and even left some on the side of the pool. But that is what a fight is all about and I really wanted it, I wanted to make it a four-pet. It just came down to that last 10 metres not breathing. That comes down to the skills that Roly [Crichton] and I have been working on for many years doing this race. I can say you have just witnessed my last ever 200 IM. I will be cutting the events down now so it is nice to finish on a positive and with a gold. The mentality in that race was just to fight and dig deep. It came down to experience and that is what got me this gold medal. To come away with the four-peat I’m proud of myself. I’m so lucky to have Matt [Ingram] and Megan [Munro] on the side of the pool to get me medical attention. The fact the IPC moved the medal ceremony just shows how much respect they have for the athletes.”

Sophie Pascoe’s sporting story is well known, with her left leg amputated below the knee at age two in a lawnmower accident. She made her debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games securing three gold and one silver medal. Four years later in London she continued her world class performances winning three gold and three silver medals. At her third Paralympic Games, Rio 2016, she won three gold and two silver medals. To date in Tokyo, she has won a SILVER medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB8 on Day 2, a BRONZE in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9 on Day 6, and a GOLD in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 on Day 7.

Pascoe will be back in the pool for her last event today (Thursday), the Women’s 100m Butterfly.

Photo: Paralympics New Zealand