Sophie Pascoe has claimed another World Championships title with a dominant swim in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 at the World Para Swimming Championship in London.
The Christchurch swimmer turned in 28.86 seconds, before stretching even further ahead of her competition to touch the wall in one-minute point two zero, over two and a half seconds ahead of Spain’s Sara Gascon in second place.
‘I think it’s really exciting to kick start it off with a gold, I definitely would have like to have sub-minuted again, but it was a gold medal swim, I gave it everything and just really stoked to start the meet off like that’.
‘It’s one of the best venues I’ve ever swam in, as soon as I had my first warm up the other day it was how it felt 7 years ago so it hasn’t changed, it’s a fast pool, the complex is great, the atmosphere is great and the people are awesome, it’s great to be back here with the New Zealand team.
The win marks Pascoes 9th World Title and will now go on to try and do the same in the 100m Backstroke tomorrow followed by one of her key events the 100m Butterfly and then finishing off with the ‘splash and dash’ the 50m Freestyle
I’m really looking forward to my meet, I have watered down my programme for a lot of reasons, but it’s about focusing on Tokyo and getting the slots here at world championships for those events.
The win also ensures the Paralympics spot at the Tokyo Paralympics
Pascoe holds the World Record time of 59.78 seconds, which she set in Auckland in June.
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