Tupou Neiufi claims gold in 100m backstroke

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New Zealand para-swimmer Tupou Neiufi has won the gold medal in the 100m backstroke S8 category at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The 20-year-old from Auckland led throughout the race to win in a time of 1min 16.84sec.

Ukraine’s Kateryna Denysenko was second, 1.47 seconds back, and America’s Jessica Long took the bronze medal.

Neiufi adds this gold medal to a silver she won in this event at Rio Paralympics in 2016 and also silver at the world champs in London two years ago.

Neiufi will compete again in the S8 50m freestyle on Wednesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 27: (L-R) Silver medalist Kateryna Denysenko of Team Ukraine, gold medalist Tupou Neiufi of Team New Zealand and bronze medalist Jessica Long of Team United States pose during the women’s 100m backstroke – S8 medal ceremony on day 3 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for New Zealand Paralympic Committee)

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