14 Sep 2008

Tesoriero adds another bronze to medal haul

7:26 am on 14 September 2008

New Zealand's Paula Tesoriero has won a third medal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.

The cyclist won a second bronze at the women's road time trial in a time of 45 minutes 00.92 seconds on Friday. Riders from the United States took gold and silver.

Tesoriero fell from her bike and suffered concussion earlier in the week while doing a victory lap after winning gold in the time trial. She recovered to add a bronze in the individual pursuit on Wednesday.

Jayne Parsons and pilot Annaliisa Farrell won a bronze in the road time trial competing in the blind and visually impaired category.

The Wheelblacks lost their opening wheelchair rugby game, beaten 39-38 by Great Britain. The team plays Australia on Saturday and Germany on Sunday.

In track and field on Friday, Matt Slade came fourth in the 100m final, with a time of 12.46 seconds.

Second gold for Pascoe

Christchurch teenage swimming sensation Sophie Pascoe won a gold medal on Thursday, her third medal at the Paralympics.

The 15-year-old won the the 200m individual medley final in 2min 35.21s, more than 4s ahead of French swimmer Elodie Lorandi.

The teenager, who lost a leg in a lawn mowing accident when she was two years old, has already won two medals for New Zealand this week.

She began her campaign well on Monday, picking up a silver in the 100m butterfly, before winning gold in the 100m breast-stroke on Wednesday.

Pascoe will compete in the 100m backstroke on Saturday.

The other New Zealand swimmer to compete on Saturday is Daniel Sharp in the 100m breaststroke.

In another medal win for New Zealand on Thursday, Michael Johnson won bronze in the 10m Standing Rifle after a shoot-off for third place.

Prendergast recovers

Middle-distance runner Tim Prendergast says he has fully recovered after collapsing during the 5000m final and is looking forward to his favoured event, the 1500m on Saturday.

Prendergast was put on a drip after the 5000m final on Thursday, as he was exhausted and suffering from dehydration. He finished fourth in a time of 15min 13.60s.

Team management attribute his condition to the extreme heat in Beijing and short turn-around time for the 500m final, which followed his 1500m heat less than 24 hours earlier.

Prendergast won gold in the 800m in Athens in 2004.