Sophie Pascoe misses the medals

9:14 pm on 2 September 2021

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe has signed off her Tokyo Paralympics campaign with a fifth place in the 100 metre butterfly final.

Sophie Pascoe. Tokyo Paralympics


Pascoe qualified third fastest for the S9 final of the event that she is the world record holder in.

The Christchurch-based swimmer led through the first 50 metres of her final event but could not hold on to get on the medal podium for a fifth time at these Games.

Pascoe was 2.76 seconds off Zsofia Konkoly of Hungary's winning time of 1:06.55, which set a Paralympic record.

Elizabeth Smith from the United States took the silver medal and Spain's Sarai Gascon claimed the bronze medal.

An emotional Pascoe described the result as "gut-wrenching".

"All I can say is I left it all out there," Pascoe told TVNZ.

"You could probably tell I wasn't moving much [over the last 25m] and that's where I need to work on my kick and my stroke-rate and I just didn't have it."

Pascoe's build-up to to the delayed Games has had ups and downs.

"It's been a journey and a half and I wish nobody to ever go through the journey that I did last year, I wouldn't wish that on anybody."

Pascoe said her feats at her fourth Paralympics would sink in when she is in MIQ.

The 28-year-old Pascoe has had a busy week in the pool at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre with back-to-back race days.

She qualified for the final in every event she entered in Japan and leaves with four medals - two gold, a silver and a bronze.