Second gold for Pascoe in the pool

Shooting bronze for NZ

Last updated 22:30 11/09/2008

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Christchurch teenager Sophie Pascoe has won her second gold medal in consecutive nights after easily finishing first in the individual medley 200m race.

Pascoe won in a time of 2 minutes 35.21 seconds with her nearest rival, Elodie Lorandi of France finishing in 2 minutes 39.28 and Poland's Katrzyna Pawlik in third.

Pascoe was in the leading three going in the wall after the first lap but pulled away slowly in the backstroke lap before gaining a significant lead in her favoured breaststroke and the clearing away even further in the freestyle.

An exhausted Pascoe struggled for words at the completion of her win.

"I don't know what to say. I gave it everything out there. I'm too tired to think or say anything. It's so fantastic to win," she said.

It's the third medal for Pascoe after her gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 100m butterfly. She is scheduled to compete in the 100m backstroke on Saturday.

Earlier in the day Michael Johnson won a Paralympics shooting bronze medal for New Zealand, in a controversial mixed R4 10m standing rifle competition.

Johnson nearly missed qualifying for the finals after inexperienced judges took exception to his stance in his wheelchair.

However Johnson proved to know the rule book better than the judges and managed a place in the finals in seventh after pointing out his stance was perfectly legal as per the rule book.

"I just wanted to take out all my anger and frustration at the judges in the finals," he said.

After the 10-shot final, Johnson found himself equal with Korea's Ho-Gyoung You on 701.2 points, resulting in a shoot-off for the bronze medal.

The Korean shot first and managed 10.2. before Aucklander Johnson took his time and shot 10.6.

He raised his arms after realising he had snared bronze.

"I don't know what it is but I always seem to be in shoot-offs. It's just great to get the bronze, I'm so happy," he said.

Consistent Korean Ji-Seok Lee won the event with a score of 704.3, followed by Frenchman, Raphael Voltz on 703.5.

New Zealand has claimed seven medals at the Games – three gold, two silver and two bronze.

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