Published Wednesday 30 July 2014

Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle bounced back from last night’s disappointment to win the women’s 400m freestyle gold medal tonight.

And, making the last evening of the swimming even more special, para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe picked up her second gold medal when she easily won the women’s 200m individual medley.

Boyle, the fastest qualifier, lagged behind for 150 metres, but once she made her move, she was very impressive.

By 200 metres she was in front and she pulled away remorselessly. Her time, 4min 04.47s, was a Games record. As a bonus, Boyle pushed into second place Jazz Carlin, the Welsh woman who pipped her for the 800m freestyle gold medal last night. Carlin finished in 4min 05.16s.

Boyle’s winning time was about half a second slower than she swam when winning a bronze medal in the same event at last year’s world championships.

Pascoe, a Paralympics hero in 2008 and 2012, was far too good for the rest of the five-woman field and won in 2min 27.74s, giving her a margin of more than four seconds over second place.