Kiwi medals target looks good at Paralympics
Swimming and cycling have won 11 of New Zealand's 12 medals between them at the London Paralympics and the trend is expected to continue.
Paralympics New Zealand had targeted both sports and the dividends are being paid out in London, with seven medals in the pool and three at the velodrome during the first half of the Games.
As swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher have four events remaining between them - other swimming hopes Daniel Sharp and Rebecca Dubber are still to come, too - and double medal-winning cyclist Phillipa Gray has another two events, there's a good chance the two sports will help the 24-strong Kiwi team reach its lofty goal of 18 medals.
"We've always been targeting that 18 medals, we're on 11 now and we've got athletes competing in some of their key events in the coming days," PNZ high performance director Malcolm Humm said.
Most of the medals won so far had been forecasted by PNZ bosses, though Humm admitted Fisher, a visually impaired 19-year-old from Wellington, entered the Games as a "bit of an unknown" because of a recent classification change.
"We didn't really know how she'd go, we thought she might be a medal winner but she's had three to date [two silvers and a bronze] and she's still got two [events] to go."
Pascoe (100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke), Fisher (400m freestyle and 200m individual medley), Sharp (100m breaststroke) and Dubber (400m freestyle) were all excellent medal prospects, as is Gray and pilot Laura Thompson in the road race and time trial. The pair have already won two medals - gold and bronze - at the velodrome.
The New Zealand involvement in the Games ends on Sunday morning.
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