9 Sep 2008

Golden NZ Paralympian waits for medical all-clear

11:16 pm on 9 September 2008

Paralympic gold medallist Paula Tesoriero is waiting for medical clearance to resume her competition programme at the Beijing Games, following a fall that knocked her unconscious.

The New Zealand cyclist fell from her bike after winning gold in the 500m time trial in 43.28 seconds on Monday, and was briefly knocked unconscious as she hit the track while doing a victory lap.

The Wellington lawyer has an artificial left leg and no ankle on her right leg, relying on her thighs to power the bike. She suffered a severely bruised chin.

A doctor will assess Tesoriero on Tuesday and the athlete hopes she will be well enough to compete in the individual pursuit on Wednesday.

Chef de mission Duane Kale says Tesoriero is in much better health on Tuesday and hopes she will recover fully in time to resume her campaign.

Silver for Horan on track

On Tuesday, Kate Horan won a silver in the 200m sprint T44 final at the Bird's Nest stadium in a time of 28.36 seconds. Germany won the gold and Canada took bronze.

New Zealand tandem cyclists Jayne Parsons and Annaliisa Farrell lost to the United States team of Karissa Whitsell and Makenzie Woodring in their bronze final at the Laoshan Velodrome.

Swimmer Cameron Leslie was sixth in the final of the 200m freestyle at the Water Cube in a time of 2min 57.21s. Brazilian Daniel Dias won gold in 2min 32.32s.

On Monday, New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe, 15, won silver in the 100m butterfly event in a time of 1min 10.53s. Anna Eames of the United States won in 1min 09.44s. Shuai Wang of China took bronze.

The Paralympic Games finish on 17 September.