Pascoe claims NZ's first Paralympics medal in Tokyo

Source: 1News

Sophie Pascoe has claimed New Zealand's first medal at this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, winning silver in the women's 100m breaststroke SB8 final.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 26: Sophie Pascoe of Team New Zealand reacts after competing in her women's 100m breastroke - SB8 heat on day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Pascoe was involved in another tight finish with Ireland's Ellen Keane, who won gold in the event.

In the final, Pascoe got off to a strong start thanks to a long underwater phase off the block to hold a 0.27s lead at the 50m mark. 

However, Keane had the stronger turn and got ahead of Pascoe early in the second leg and managed to hold off the Kiwi to win with a time of 1:19.93 - 0.39s ahead of Pascoe.

The silver is New Zealand's first medal at this year's Tokyo Paralympics on the second day of competition and is only the first of five events for Pascoe at these Games.

Keane prevailed in the heats after the pair finished neck-and-neck in the qualifying heats earlier on Thursday.