Sophie Pascoe raised four fingers to signify the four Gold medals she’s won at the Para World Swimming Championships in London after claiming the Women’s 50m Freestyle S9 title in a time of 27.77 seconds.
The Christchurch swimmer and current World Record holder pushed ahead within her first ten strokes and held a clear lead by the halfway mark, before finishing with a 1.4 second advantage over second with just one hundredth of a second splitting second and third.
The 26-year-old swam a championship record of 27.77 which was just under half a second off her World Record time of 27.32, which she set in Auckland at the New Zealand Nationals in June.
“I’m really happy, I just wanted to go into tonight and sub that 28 (seconds) so the fact that I was able to do that and four from four now, I’m super excited and now we can celebrate with a cheeky wee champagne post-race… haha.”
“Going into that race I just really wanted to be controlled and just relax the nerves as much as possible. I was nervous ahead of this race, probably more so than any other race this week. I think with it being the last day and obviously being a 50 (meters); anything can happen in a 50.”
Pascoe, who swam a reduced programme this World Champs, says she’s been able to really enjoy the week. “I really wanted to embrace the whole experience, take in the whole atmosphere, take in your own feelings, take in the surroundings, other people’s feelings and really take in the whole experience and enjoy the journey. That’s what I’ve been able to do this week and it’s been great.”
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