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Tokyo Paralympics live: Michael Johnson restarts quest for fourth shooting medal


Veteran shooter Michael Johnson,, pictured in a standing event, is underway in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone preliminaries.

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Veteran shooter Michael Johnson,, pictured in a standing event, is underway in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone preliminaries.

Three New Zealand medallists from the past week are back for more in Tokyo on Wednesday, as is one of their stars of Rio de Janeiro five years ago.

Tupou Neiufi, who stunned herself when winning New Zealand’s first gold of these Paralympics in the 100m backstroke, returns to splash for another medal in the women’s 50m freestyle S8.

So too Sophie Pascoe, who dives in for the penultimate of her five events, the women’s 200m individual medley SM9 after a memorable Tuesday night when she won her 10th career gold. Pascoe hasn’t been at her dominant best this time but is yet to be beaten in a 200 IM at a Paralympics, winning gold in Beijing, London and Rio – the latter two in world record time.

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Back at the pool, Nikita Howarth is first of the seven New Zealanders in action across the day, in the heats of the women’s 100m breatstroke SB7. Howarth won gold in Rio in 2016 in the 200m individual medley S7, and bronze in the 50m butterfly S7.

Para cyclist Rory Mead and shooter Michael Johnson are back again, too, after fifth and sixth placings respectively in their opening events.

*Kiwis in action on day eight of the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday (NZ times):

SWIMMING

12.04pm: Nikita Howarth – women’s 100m breaststroke SB7, heat 2

12.56pm: Jesse Reynolds – men’s 200m individual medley SM9, heat 2

1.11pm: Sophie Pascoe – women’s 200m individual medley SM9, heat 3

1.38pm: Tupou Neiufi – women’s 50m freestyle S8, heat 1

8.07pm: Nikita Howarth – women’s 100m breaststroke SB7 final (if qualified)

9.31pm: Jesse Reynolds – men’s 200m individual medley SM9 final (if qualified)

9.39pm: Sophie Pascoe – women’s 200m individual medley SM9 final (if qualified)

10.36pm: Tupou Neiufi – women’s 50m freestyle S8 final (if qualified)

CYCLING – ROAD

12.35pm: Rory Mead – men’s H1-2 road race

ATHLETICS

2.15pm: Danielle Aitchison – women’s 100m T36, heat 1

10.10pm: Danielle Aitchison – women’s 100m T36 final (if qualified)

SHOOTING

2.30pm: Michael Johnson – R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2, qualifying

4.45pm: Michael Johnson – R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2, final (if qualified)



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