Sophie Pascoe claims Games golden double

IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 09:26 30/07/2014
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GAVE IT HER ALL: Sophie Pascoe let her emotions out after winning the 200m individual medley SM10 at the Commonwealth Games.

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Para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe won the the 200m individual medley SM10 final in dominant fashion today, recording a time of 2:27.74 to be over four seconds ahead of silver medallist Katherine Downie of Australia.

It was Pascoe's second gold medal at the Games after she won the 100m breaststroke SB9 two days ago and gave the New Zealand swim team four medals - three gold and a silver.

After a weepy celebration of her first gold, Pascoe was more composed this time.

"No tears today," she beamed, before admitting she'd struggled in Glasgow.

"There's been a few average times for me.

"I've been going through a few health issues this week, that's the way it happens. So it was pretty much going out there tonight and going for gold - which is what I did."

She wouldn't elaborate further, simply citing "a few personal issues".

"I believe that I've been through a few challenges this week, which has been really good.

''It's great to have the challenges two years out from Rio, which is obviously the focus for the next two years."

Boyle was ecstatic with her win, even if training impinged on heavy celebrations.

"This is kind of my celebration - I'm so happy right now

"I'll see my family after this and hang out for a few hours but I've got to get ready for the next competition. That's the life of an athlete."

Any plans to swim in the morning with the gold medal on?

"I don't know - maybe it'll get me out of it."

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