New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has claimed her 10th Paralympic gold medal with victory in the women’s S9 100 metres freestyle final in Tokyo.
The Kiwi swimming sensation looked strong from the start of the race. She led by a second at the halfway point and then held off a late charge from Spain’s Sarai Gascon to win by 0.4 of a second.
Mariana Ribeiro of Brazil took bronze.
It was Pascoe’s third Paralympic medal in the 100m freestyle. She won gold at the 2012 London Games and silver five years ago in Rio.
Pascoe is New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian. Her latest medal is her 18th Paralympic medal in total – and third of these Games.
But it is not over for Pascoe and she sti;; has more opportunity to add to her tally. She is contesting the SM9 200m individual medley on Wednesday, before completing her fourth Paralympics with the 100m butterfly on Thursday.