7 Sep 2012

Sophie Pascoe wins third gold

8:04 am on 7 September 2012

New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won the 100m freestyle to claim her third gold medal of the Paralympic Games in London.

Pascoe qualified fastest for the women's S10 100m freestyle, and won the final in a Paralympic record time of 1 minute 0.89 seconds.

Elodie Lorandi of France was second and Pascoe's Canadian arch rival Summer Ashley Mortimer was third.

Pascoe has won three gold and two silver medals in London, equalling her tally from the Beijing Paralympics four years ago.

Meanwhile Rebecca Dubber finished fifth in the S7 women's 400m freestyle final. She had qualified fifth fastest.

In the men's swimming competition, New Zealand's Cameron Leslie finished fifth in the S5 50m backstroke final, breaking the Oceania record for the second time in London.

In cycling, Fiona Southorn was placed 10th in her C4-5 road race and Chris Ross was 18th in the men's C4-5 road race. Nathan Smith did not finish his C1-3 road race.