Bronze for Foy and Thompson

Laura Thompson (left) and Emma Foy of New Zealand receive their bronze medals after the Women's...
Laura Thompson (left) and Emma Foy of New Zealand receive their bronze medals after the Women's Road Race B on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Getty.
New Zealand's leading tandem pairing, Emma Foy & Laura Thompson (sighted pilot), have today won bronze in the road cycling Women's Race in a time of 1:59.33, behind the tandems from Ireland and Poland, taking silver and gold respectively.

The junior tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen finished in 11th place in the same event.

Following a delayed start the Road Race was reduced to 70km from the usual 85km. This did not deter Foy & Thompson who broke away from the pack at the 50km mark and did not look back.

Foy & Thompson, won silver earlier this week in the Women's B 3000m Individual Pursuit on the final day of racing at the Rio Velodrome.

Foy & Thompson's bronze medal brought New Zealand's Paralympic Team tally to 20 medals - 9 gold, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze. This takes New Zealand to 10th place on the medal table.

Meanwhile, debutant 16-year-old Hamish McLean competed in his final race of the Paralympics, Men's 100 Freestyle S6 in a time of 1:15.30 placing 5th in his heat, but missing qualification for the final. McLean was a late call-up to the New Zealand Paralympic Games Team following re-allocation of another male slot back in May.

The Sonar crew of Richard Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp went into today's final race focussed on the podium with only five points off bronze and six off silver, with seven boats fighting for the last two podium positions.

The Australian crew had secured gold yesterday after a very consistent regatta.

Race 11 (today) saw the New Zealanders in 8th round the first mark however they then gained on downwind to take first place by the bottom mark.

They held this position for most of the race until USA secured silver by overtaking them on the last upwind leg to pip them on the finish line by 1 second.

This left the Kiwis in third place until Canada overtook the French on the last short reach to the finish beating them by one second.

This meant the New Zealanders were on equal points with the Canadians overall for 3rd, but lost on a count back finishing 4th overall.

Kiwis in action later today include:

- Amanda Cameron/Hannah van Kampen, Para-Cycling, 04:05, Women's Road Race
- William Stedman, Para-Athletics, 10:19, Men's 800m T36

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