Howarth leads NZ medal haul with gold

Nikita Howarth won gold this morning, her second medal of the 2016 Games. Photo Getty
Nikita Howarth won gold this morning, her second medal of the 2016 Games. Photo Getty
Holly Robinson celebrates with her silver medal. Photo Reuters
Holly Robinson celebrates with her silver medal. Photo Reuters
Sophie Pascoe claimed the 15th medal of her Paralympics career with silver this morning. Photo...
Sophie Pascoe claimed the 15th medal of her Paralympics career with silver this morning. Photo Getty

The medals keep coming for the New Zealand Paralympics team, with a gold and two silvers added to the tally today.

Nikita Howarth has claimed gold in the Women's 200m IM SM7 final this morning, her second medal of the Rio Games. Backing up from a bronze yesterday, Howarth smashed the field to win by almost five seconds in a time of 2:57.29.

Minutes later fellow swimmer Sophie Pascoe claimed the 15th medal of her Paralympics career with a silver in the 100m Freestyle S10 final. Pascoe finished behind Canadian rival Aurelie Rivard as the Christchurch swimmer claimed her fifth medal of the Rio Games.

It also takes Pascoe past compatriot Eve Rimmer, who won 14 medals during her Paralympian career.

It was New Zealand's second silver of the day after Otago's Holly Robinson finished second in the Women's Javelin F46.

The three medals today take New Zealand's tally to 16 for the Rio Games and move the team ahead of transtasman rivals Australia on the medal table.

Robinson, the team's flag bearer, threw a massive personal best of 41.22m on her fifth attempt to secure second place. She proudly took the New Zealand flag once again from her supporters, and held it high as she celebrated her success. The gold was won by Holly Arnold (GBR) with a world record throw of 43.01m

Robinson's silver medal victory follows on from yesterday's 'gold rush' for the New Zealand team, when they had what must be the most successful single day in its 48-year history.

Swimmer Hamish McLean finished seventh in the Men's 200m Freestyle S6 final, while Tupou Neiufi finished fifth in her heat in the Women's 50m Freestyle S9 in a time of 31.37, not qualifying for her final.

Para-Shooter Michael Johnson, a four-time Paralympian, was back in action today at the Olympic Shooting Range in Deodoro, in the qualifying rounds for his second event of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2.

Disappointingly, Johnson did not qualify for the final despite spending the majority of the first part of session in the top three. One poor round sent him to the back of the field and he was unable to recover from it. Meanwhile, Paralympic debutant Jason Eales shot in the same event, finishing in 17th of 34.

The Sonar Para-Sailing crew of Rick Dodson, Chris Sharp and Andrew May had two races scheduled today; however, they are currently postponed until tomorrow due to lack of wind. They will hope to get on the water tomorrow to continue their success of yesterday placing 8th and 1st in race 1 and 2 respectively.

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