Tokyo Paralympics 2020 live: Sophie Pascoe wins 10th gold medal, William Stedman wins bronze in T36 400m final

All the action from day seven of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Sophie Pascoe has claimed her 10th Paralympic gold medal, with victory in the S9 100m freestyle.

Pascoe is the first New Zealander to reach 10 gold medals at the summer games – a feat fewer than 40 athletes have accomplished – to go with her seven silvers and one bronze.

She was slightly slow off the blocks but took the lead after 30m and had a body-length lead at the turn.

Despite slowing over the final 25m, she held off the charging Sarai Gascon and Mariano Ribeiro to win in a time of 1:02.37.

Pascoe had qualified third fastest for the final in a time of 1:03.75, but went quickest when it counted.

The 28-year-old will have two more chances to add to her medal tally in Tokyo, the next being in the SM9 200m individual medley tomorrow before the 100m butterfly ends her torrid schedule on Thursday.

7.30pm: Kiwi T1-2 time trialists finish out of the medals

59-year-old Eltje Malzbender finished a commendable fifth in the women’s T1-2 road cycling time trial.

Malzbender sat in seventh place at the halfway stage of her race before picking up two spots and completing the course just over two and half minutes behind the leading rider.

Meanwhile, Hawera’s Stephen Hills finished in eighth place in the men’s version of the same event.

Hills trailed the leading rider by over three and a half minutes at the halfway stage of the race on what is a highly-technical course in Tokyo. That gap was extended to almost seven and a half minutes by the end of the 16km course.

Hills also finished in eighth place at the 2016 Rio Games.

2.25pm: Another medal for Stedman

William Stedman has won his second medal of the Paralympics, adding a 400m bronze to the long jump silver he won on Monday night.

Brilliant Aussie James Turner easily won the T36 400m final, ahead of Evgenii Shvetsov of ROC.

Stedman from Christchurch won the 400m bronze medal at Rio five years ago, when Shvetsov was missing because Russian athletes were banned.

Stedman, a co-leader of the Kiwi team in Tokyo, finished well by overhauling Argentina’s Alexis Sebastian Chavez, who faded badly.

1.58pm: Mead falls short of medal

In road cycling, Rory Mead was well short of medal contention in the men’s H2 time trial.

He finished in 5th with a time of 36:53.78.

1.50pm: Pascoe into another final

Sophie Pascoe, still chasing her first gold of these Games, is safely through to tonight’s final of the 100m freestyle (S9), an event where she excels.

Commentators have noted she has not been at her best in Tokyo, and she qualified third fastest slightly behind Mariana Ribeiro of Brazil and Brit Toni Shaw, who both raced in the first heat.

World record holder Pascoe pipped Australian Ellie Cole in her heat. Tonight’s final is at 10.14pm.

1.15pm: Steven into 200m final

Anna Steven ran a personal best 28.6s in the T64 200m heats to make it into tonight’s final.

The Kiwi is the slowest qualifier in the final, to be run at 10.52pm.

12.30pm: Kiwi cyclists miss out on medals

Legendary British Paralympian Sarah Storey starred yet again, as New Zealand failed to win a medal in the early road cycling action today.

Kiwis Anna Taylor (C4), Nicole Murray (C5) and Sarah Ellington (C1-3) were well short of medal contention in the time trials at Fuji International Speedway.

In the C5 race, the 43-year-old Storey powered to an easy victory, claiming her 11th Paralympics cycling gold medal.

That took her gold medal tally across swimming and cycling to 16, equalling the British record set by swimmer Mike Kenny.

Taylor ended with a DNF in the C4, Murray finished 6th in the C5 (5mins 36sec behind Storey), and Ellington (C1-3) claimed 10th place out of 15 riders.

ICYMI: Two medals for NZ last night

After nine golds and seven silvers, Sophie Pascoe claimed her first Paralympic bronze medal – and she initially wasn’t happy with the result.

The New Zealand swimmer finished third in the S9 100m backstroke final in Toyko, for her 17th Paralympic medal and second in Tokyo, after a silver in the SB8 100m breaststroke.

Pascoe led the field at the turn after a blistering start to the race which saw her swim the opening 50m in 33 seconds. However, she was chased down by US swimmer Hannah Aspden, as well as Spain’s Nuria Soto.

After the race she said she was disappointed with the result, but appeared more happy with her bronze during the medal ceremony.

On the track, William Stedman sprung from out of nowhere to claim silver for New Zealand in the men’s T36 long jump.

Sitting in fifth place, well outside the distance required for a medal and with one jump left to go in the final, Stedman pulled a season’s best jump of 5.64m to surge into second place on the rankings and claim his third Paralympic medal.

After winning two bronze medals as a 16-year-old in Rio de Janiero in 2016, Stedman was marked as a rising star of the Kiwi camp.

However, those two medals came in the 200m and 400m running events and long jump was his weakest finish, a jump of 5.35m leaving him in fifth place.

Last night Stedman showed just how far he has progressed in the jumping discipline and showed extreme composure to produce a medal-winning final jump.

Both Pascoe and Stedman compete again today.

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