Swimming: Three more golds for NZ team

By David Leggat

Mary Fisher. Photo / Getty Images
Mary Fisher. Photo / Getty Images

Three gold medals on the final day of competition rounded off a spectacular IPC world swimming championships meet in Montreal for the New Zealand team today.

Christchurch's Sophie Pascoe and Wellington's Mary Fisher won their fifth gold medals - Pascoe winning her S10 category 50m freestyle in a world record time - and Cambridge's Nikita Howarth won her first gold of the event.

That gave New Zealand 15 medals altogether.

Fisher also won a silver medal to be on the podium in all six of her events; Pascoe won each of her five disciplines; Cameron Leslie won a gold and bronze; and Howarth had collected a bronze 24 hours earlier.

Pascoe clocked 27.78 to eclipse her old world best mark of 28.08.

Fisher won her SM11 200m individual medley - in which she won gold at the Paralympics in London last year - in 2min 50.25, just .52s ahead of her strong rival, German Daniela Schulte.

Howarth, the country's youngest Paralympian, won her SM7 IM in 3:02.70, .34s ahead of Canada's Brianna Nelson.

- NZ Herald

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