9 Sep 2008

Two medals for NZ at Paralympics

6:00 am on 9 September 2008

New Zealand has its first gold medal at the Paralympic Games being held in Beijing.

Cyclist Paula Tesoriero won the 500m time trial in 43.28 seconds, breaking her own world record at the Laoshan Velodrome on Monday.

But she injured herself when she fell from her bike during celebrations and was briefly unconscious, and may not be able to compete in two other events.

Tesoriero has an artificial left leg and no ankle on her right leg, relying on her thighs to power the bike.

Natalie Simanowski of Germany won the silver and Jayme Paris of Australia won the bronze.

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

New Zealand chef de mission Duane Kale says two medals on the first day of the Paralympics is a good start, and the team aims to bring home 13 in total.