Nikita Howarth has claimed gold in the Women's 200m IM SM7 final this morning, her second medal of the Rio Games. Backing up from a bronze yesterday, Howarth smashed the field to win by almost five seconds in a time of 2:57.29.
Minutes later fellow swimmer Sophie Pascoe claimed the 15th medal of her Paralympics career with a silver in the 100m Freestyle S10 final. Pascoe finished behind Canadian rival Aurelie Rivard as the Christchurch swimmer claimed her fifth medal of the Rio Games.
It also takes Pascoe past New Zealand Paralympian great Eve Rimmer who won 14 medals during her career.
It is New Zealand's second silver of the day after flag bearer Holly Robinson finished second in the Women's Javelin F46.
The three medals today take New Zealand's tally to 16 for the Rio Games and move the team ahead of trans-Tasman rivals Australia on the medal table.