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Pascoe Breaks Another World Record

On Day 5 of the IPC Swimming World Championships the New Zealand team continued to make a ‘splash’ as they swam their way to four finals. Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher once again led the way with a gold medal each with Pascoe breaking her own world record from the morning session. 

They were joined by team mates Daniel Holt and Jesse Reynolds placing 4th and 6th respectively to increase the New Zealand medal tally to 9 medals, including 7 gold.

Sophie Pascoe continues to cement her place as one of the top Para-Swimmers in the world with a gold and new world record of 1 minute 3.95 seconds in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S10.  She led the way throughout the entire race and was followed home by Poland’s Olivia Jablowska who finished in silver medal position in a new European record time (1:08.54) ahead of France’s Elodie Lorandi in bronze.

Mary Fisher once again returned to the pool to win the Women’s 100m Butterfly S11 convincingly in a time of 1 minute 16.08 seconds.  She was joined on the podium by Ukraine’s Olga Iakibuk and Swede Maja Reichard.

Daniel Holt went into the Men’s 400m Freestyle with the fourth fastest time and held that same position in the final just 2 seconds off the bronze medal.

Jesse Reynolds is the newcomer to the team and at only 16 years of age swam an outstanding race in the Men’s 400m Freestyle S9 finishing in 6th place.

Jon Shaw (Head Swim Performance Coach, Paralympics New Zealand) says, “Breaking World Records and continuing to see our medal tally grow highlights another outstanding day in the pool for the team.”  He continues, “Day 6 is going to be equally exciting with some great races ahead.”

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