Second gold for Pascoe on the Gold Coast

11:18 pm on 9 April 2018

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won her second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Sophie Pascoe competes in the Women's SB9 100m Breaststroke heats.

Sophie Pascoe competes in the Women's SB9 100m Breaststroke heats. Photo: Photosport

With a time of 1:18.09s in the SB9 100m breaststroke, it's the second gold medal for the swimmer, who took out the SM10 200m individual medley yesterday.

Australians Paige Leonhardt and Madeleine Scott took the silver and bronze medals.

It was the New Zealand team flag bearer's last final of the games.

She took two seconds off her personal best during the heats this morning.

Pascoe said she was "bloody stoked" to claim her second gold.

It was another tough race, she said, with a bit of cramp setting in.

"I'm just feeling it in the legs a little bit. It's a leg-dominant stroke and obviously I have to use twice the amount of power in the one leg."

The time she posted was slower than her heat time - a personal best, she said.

"I didn't expect what I did this morning ... but look, I'm just stoked to back up what I did four years ago."

The final seconds of the race were close, with Leonhardt closing the gap to finish less than a second behind Pascoe, with Scott not much further back in bronze.

"I couldn't see them but I could definitely hear the crowd, so I knew some Aussie was on my back," Pascoe said.

With her two golds in the bag, it was time to focus on the 2020 Olympics, she said.

"The big picture is Tokyo. We're all still here competing at the Commonwealth Games but we've got a few more countries to compete against at Tokyo.

"It's great to come away from these Games knowing that I've given everything but there's also a lot to work on as well."

A new generation of swimmers, including 17-year-old Leonhardt, were coming through in the meantime, she said.

"There'll be young ones growing up into the next Games and you saw that tonight - half that field's young blood, and I'm old blood now.

"It's about using that experience and perfecting the technique - working on all the little things that are going to get me through to a successful performance in Tokyo."