Gold medal for paralympian Cameron Leslie

By Nz Herald Online


New Zealand have won four medals at the London Paralympics overnight adding two more golds to their medal tally at the velodrome and the swimming pool.


Cyclists Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson won gold in the women's individual B pursuit, while Northland swimmer Cameron Leslie broke a world record to win the 150m individual medley SM4 in a time of 2:25.98.


Riding on a tandem with Thompson the guide for the vision-impaired Gray, the pair clocked in at 3:32.24 to beat the Irish duo of Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan to win gold.


The Kiwis had previously smashed the world record in their heat, with their time of 3:31.53 shaving five seconds off the previous record.


"We broke the world record in training in Italy [in the build-up to the games] and we were confident we could do it again," said Gray. "No one else had gone sub it [world record time] and Laura's last words to me were we're all over this Philly, let's just go and do our thing."

Britain's Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott won bronze.


Meanwhile swimmer Mary Fisher won silver in the S11 women's 100m backstroke in a time of 1:19.62, while Michael Johnson won bronze in the R4 10m air rifle standing with a total score of 704.7 (600 + 104.7).

- Northern Advocate

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