A2180-270 HP0-J24 220-301 642-357 HP2-T28 1Z0-259 920-255 A2090-610 1Z0-023 922-111 HIO-301 70-450 HP0-J45 M2040-725 250-502 000-M221 HP0-J18 000-634 050-690 000-575 250-300 000-646 3X0-202 000-883 000-563 1Y0-118 000-190 EC0-350 C2080-470 920-124 HP0-402 9L0-505 650-294 MB6-507 MSC-122 9A0-055 EX0-112 1Z1-543 HP2-E49 LOT-442 070-460 1Z0-610 C2090-611 CBAP HP0-J16 ITIL-F 0B0-108 117-201 C2040-929 000-881 HP0-093 922-109 MB6-817 E20-005 70-416 1Z1-109 A2150-006 EX0-118 MB3-210 070-671 A2180-178 642-143 70-545-Csharp 000-274 650-178 COG-132 EE0-511 BAS-012 C2020-001 70-305 A2090-730 642-617 1Z0-862 C2150-563 CX-310-345 070-178 1Z1-535 C2150-139 920-106 ST0-192 000-513 UM0-411 77-888 700-302 HP0-A08 070-663 310-025 A2180-184 1Z1-878 HP0-J34 Paralympics Ireland http://www.paralympics.ie Leading elite Irish Paralympic athletes to international excellence. After the heights of London 2012, sights are now set on Rio 2016. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:53:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 CLIFFORD TAKES GOLD AT THE UCI PARACYCLING ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/31/clifford-takes-gold-at-the-uci-paracycling-road-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/31/clifford-takes-gold-at-the-uci-paracycling-road-world-championships/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:52:53 +0000 Emma http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8608 Some great results on the first day of the UCI Paracycling Road World Championships yesterday

A ninth place finish for Colin Lynch in the MC2 Time Trial, fifth place finish for Katie George Dunleavy & Pilot Eve McCrystal in the WB Time Trial and of course the fantastic Gold place finish for Eoghan Clifford in the Men’s C3 Time Trial.

More action from Switzerland tomorrow!

Day 2 –Saturday 1st August 2015

7am Colin Lynch M C2 Road Race 56km

8.30am Eoghan Clifford M C3 Road Race 56km

12pm Ryan & Radford M B Road Race 108.5km

12.02pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B Road Race 77.5km

For full results during the Paracycling World Road Championships see:-

http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/ucievents/event/uci-para-cycling-road-world-championship-nottwil-road-2015/50083/widgets/start-lists-results-170811/

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Irish Paracycling Squad head to World Championships in Switzerland http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/30/irish-paracycling-squad-head-to-world-championships-in-switzerland/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/30/irish-paracycling-squad-head-to-world-championships-in-switzerland/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:36:12 +0000 Emma http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8591 Hilly Course to Challenge Medal Prospects

The Irish team for the Paracycling World Road Championships heads to Switzerland this week buoyed with confidence after a successful World Road Cup campaign.

Six athletes competing on four bikes form the squad charged with representing Ireland’s hopes in the demanding countryside around the central Swiss town of Nottwil on what looks certain to be the toughest parcours ever presented at a Paracycling World Championships.

Colin Lynch (MC2), Eoghan Clifford (MC3) and the tandem pairings Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (WB), and Peter Ryan and Dermot Radford (MB) are gearing up to compete in Thursday’s time trials and Saturday’s road races.

Former word time trial champion Lynch will begin his campaign as the top ranked MC2 rider in the world. Lynch, who won his first world title in the time trial at the 2011 world championships in Denmark, has taken time trial victories in this year’s Paracycling World Road Cup in Italy and Switzerland.

Galway’s Eoghan Clifford burst on the paracycling scene last year after a long career challenging himself with success against able bodied competition and made an immediate impact, winning both the road race and the time trial at the World Championships in the USA.

Clifford has backed that up with two time trial successes and two road race bronze medals in the Paracycling Road World Cup this season to lie second in the standings with two events to go.

Katie-George Dunlevy and her sighted pilot Eve McCrystal sprinted to the silver medal in the road race at last year’s world championships in Greenville, South Carolina and return to the world stage this week following a third place in the time trial in the World Road Cup in Italy earlier this season.

The final Irish bike in action this week is the men’s tandem pairing of Peter Ryan piloted by Dermot Radford.

Ryan represented Ireland at the Road World Championships in Canada in 2013 and at the Track World Championships in Apeldoorn this year, on both occasions piloted by Damien Shaw.

For Nottwil he teams up with world championship debutant Dermot Radford who has earned his selection with a lot of hard work and commitment over the past two years, piloting and competing at many national races along with several international paracycling and tandem specific meetings, including C1 and World Cup events.

The Irish team travel with confidence, though team coach Neill Delahaye points out that the organisers have presented the riders with a particularly difficult course.

“The Worlds course this year is going to be particularly challenging,” says Delahaye “There are 2 loops, the shorter one is 7k with a 2k climb. The bigger loop of 15.5km has the same 2k climb and and also a 4k climb with some very fast technical descents.

“It will make for some very hard racing and is, to date, the most difficult route for a Paracycling Road Worlds.

“We have done our homework and been competing well this year to date but the World Championships is always another step up. We know there are certain nations that always ride very well on the hills and with a parcours as selective as this there will be no hiding.

“We have put in a lot of specific training since the end of the Track World Championships and I am confident our riders are prepared to give it everything they have to deliver their best performance on the day.’’

For full results during the Paracycling World Road Championships see:-

http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/ucievents/event/uci-para-cycling-road-world-championship-nottwil-road-2015/50083/widgets/start-lists-results-170811/

Irish Team for 2015 UCI Para-Cycling Road Championships, Nottwil, Switzerland

Colin Lynch, MC2 Time Trial, MC2 Road Race, from Cheshire in England

Peter Ryan & Dermot Radford, MB Time Trial, MB Road Race, both from Tipperary.

Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal, WB Time Trial, WB Road Race, Dunlevy from Maidenhead in England, McCrystal from Dundalk, Co. Louth

Eoghan Clifford, MC3 Time Trial, MC3 Road Race, from Galway Bay CC, Co. Galway

Coach – Neill Delahaye

Manager – Tommy McGowan

Mechanic – Gerry Beggs

Physiotherapist – Johnny Loughrey

PROVISIONAL Competition Schedule – Irish team at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship

(All times quoted are Irish time; schedule may be subject to change)

Day 1 – Thursday 30th July 2015

8am Colin Lynch M C2 Time Trial 21km

1pm Ryan & Radford M B Time Trial 31km

1pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B Time Trial 31km

1pm Eoghan Clifford M C3 Time Trial 31km

Day 2 –Saturday 1st August 2015

7am Colin Lynch M C2 Road Race 56km

8.30am Eoghan Clifford M C3 Road Race 56km

12pm Ryan & Radford M B Road Race 108.5km

12.02pm Dunlevy & McCrystal W B Road Race 77.5km

About Classification in Paralympic Sport: Classification is a unique and integral part of Paralympic sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

In para-cycling there are fourteen classifications based on functional disability type. B refers to the tandems, where the stoker is blind or visually impaired, and the pilot is sighted. H represents the handcycling events, and C refers to cyclists on regular and also adapted, solo bikes, who may have cerebral palsy, limb impairments and amputations. In these events the categories have numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.

For more information on Para-cycling visit: http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/about/

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Irish swim team to return home this evening with two World bronze medals http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/20/irish-swim-team-to-return-home-this-evening-with-two-world-bronze-medals/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/20/irish-swim-team-to-return-home-this-evening-with-two-world-bronze-medals/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:54:23 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8519 The six strong Irish swim team return home this evening from the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow with two bronze medals, won by Darragh McDonald in the 400m Freestyle on Monday last, and Ellen Keane in the 200m Individual Medley last night. The team return to Dublin Airport on flight EI3227, due to arrive into Terminal 2 at 7pm.

The seven day championships; the focal point of the Paralympic swimming calendar for 2015, were certainly successful for the Irish team with the two bronze medals, fourteen final appearances, three season’s bests, and fourteen lifetime best swims.

McDonald started the week off on a high for the Irish team demonstrating his characteristic competitive spirit to win 400m Freestyle bronze, considering he had come into these Championships ranked fourth, after a long lay-off in 2103 due to injury and subsequent surgery. Although again struck by injury yesterday in his final event; a grade one muscle tear, after a brief period of recovery the UCD student will look to build on this medal win as he shifts his focus towards Rio 2016.

Ellen Keane swam lifetime bests in two of her events earlier in the week; the 100m Backstroke and the 100m Breaststroke but despite setting those marks was somewhat disappointed not to have challenged the podium in her main event; the 100m Breaststroke. Keane more than made up for that disappointment last night producing her second lifetime best swim of the day in the 200m Individual Medley final to fight back from fourth over the closing lengths to snatch the much coveted world bronze.

Although medals always make the headlines the two teenagers on the team have shone this week in their first ever world championships; Ailbhe Kelly and Nicole Turner.

For thirteen year old Nicole her emergence this week as she excelled in the uniquely challenging and competitive atmosphere that is a word championships has been significant and memorable. The Laois Marlins club athlete made the final in every one of the six events she contested in the S6 class and even more impressively set a new lifetime best in each.

For sixteen year old Ailbhe who only made her debut at last year’s European championships her week has been a huge success and a major step forward on her international swimming career. She also produced one final appearance, lifetime best swims in each of her three events, and the significance of attaining a Rio MQS (minimum qualifying standard) in one of them.

Despite swimming a season’s best and finishing sixth in the final of his main event; the 200m Freestyle, London Paralympian James Scully was disappointed not to challenge his PB for the distance. As the week progressed so too did his swimming and he will be pleased with final appearances and lifetime best swims in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle events.

Killaloe’s Jonathan McGrath finished tenth and thirteenth overall in his two events; the 400m and 100m Freestyle, but will be disappointed not to have challenged the recent personal bests he set in qualifying for these worlds, and edge into the 400m final.

The Irish team is proudly sponsored by Allianz; an official sponsor of Paralympics Ireland.

 

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Great Irish performances at the inaugural European Paralympic Committee Youth Games in Croatia http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/20/great-irish-performances-at-the-inaugural-european-paralympic-committee-youth-games-in-croatia/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/20/great-irish-performances-at-the-inaugural-european-paralympic-committee-youth-games-in-croatia/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:15:14 +0000 Emma http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8515

The weekend saw four athletes from Ireland compete in swimming and athletics events in the inaugural European Paralympic Committee Youth Games in Varazdin, Croatia.

Friday started the event well with some fantastic performances in both Athletics and Swimming, Conor McBride ran a personal best in both his 100m finishing in 4th place and the 200m which saw him pick up a Bronze medal.

In the pool Patrick Flanagan won gold medals in both the S7 50m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke. Friday also saw Thomas Maher getting personal bests in his S10 50m Freestyle and SB9 100m Breaststroke finishing 7th in both events. Unfortunately Adam Johnson was the only S6 in the competition so did not get awarded any medals but Johnson did achieve personal bests in both his 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke on the Friday.

The success in the pool continued on Saturday with Patrick Flanagan receiving another two gold medals in the S7 100 Freestyle and 50m Backstroke. More personal bests were achieved by Thomas and Adam in their remaining events seeing Thomas finish 4th in the 50m Backstroke.

Massive congratulations to all the atheletes and staff, which was lead by Niamh McDonnell, on the successful performances at the inaugural European Paralympic Committee Youth Games.

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Bronze for Ellen Keane on final day of Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/19/bronze-for-ellen-keane-on-final-day-of-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/19/bronze-for-ellen-keane-on-final-day-of-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:52:51 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8503
Ellen Keane ensured the Irish team finished the Paralympic Swimming World Championships on a real high tonight setting a new lifetime best to win bronze in the 200m Individual Medley final (SM9). Nicole Turner and James Scully both set new lifetime bests finishing seventh and eighth in their respective finals.

London 2012 Paralympian Keane raced out of her skin to claw back from fourth at the final turn to overcome Madeline Scott of Australia right at the finish and snatch the much coveted bronze medal in 2:40.31, almost 0.2 of a second quicker than her mark this morning. Having missed out on a medal in this event at last year’s European Championships finishing fourth, this result demonstrates the progress Keane has made in that time with five of the finalists tonight from outside of Europe. The final was won in a new European record of 2:31.08 by Tully Kearney of Great Britain, with Ping Lin of China taking bronze in 2:38.91.

Speaking ahead of the medal presentation a delighted Keane said: “I’m still in shock! I didn’t think I got third! I looked at the clock and registered my time and was happy with my PB, then saw the ‘3’ and couldn’t believe it! I’m just so delighted and especially for my parents after dressing up in their Irish suits all week!”

Irish team manager Hayley Burke said; “What a finish to a brilliant week. For Nicole six from six finals in her first ever major championships is class! For James Scully to PB in such a tough final has topped his week off on a high. Ellen was just so calm and in control going into that race and it all went right for her. She thoroughly deserved that medal after the year she has put in. Credit to her coach Dave Malone.”

Irish national coach Jim Laverty added: “We started the week on a high with bronze and three PB’s on day one! And we finished the week with another bronze and three PBs!”

Earlier on thirteen year old Nicole Turner finished seventh in the final of the 100m Freestyle (S6). The young athlete set yet another lifetime best in the process; 1:21.09, taking almost .03 seconds off the time she set in this morning’s heat. In this her debut World Championships Turner has shone making the final for every one of her six events this week, and even more impressively setting a new lifetime best in each. Showing what a competitive class it is with standards soaring the final won in new world record of 1:12.21 by Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Mereshko.

The final Irish athlete in action at these Championships was twenty one year old James Scully. The London Paralympian finished eighth in the final of the hugely competitive 100m Freestyle (S5) but notably set a big new lifetime best in the process of 1:21.18. Meath based Scully will be particularly pleased with his performance as his previous best of 1:21.66 has stood since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


The Irish team return home tomorrow to Dublin Airport on flight EI3557, due to arrive into Terminal 2 at 7pm.


The Irish team is proudly sponsored by Allianz; an official sponsor of Paralympics Ireland.

 

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Three Irish swimmers into finals at Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/19/three-irish-swimmers-into-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/19/three-irish-swimmers-into-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:11:41 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8495 On the closing day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow three of Ireland’s four swimmers in action have qualified for finals in their respective events. Nicole Turner, Ellen Keane and James Scully will all be racing tonight, with Keane and Turner setting new lifetime bests in their heats.

Thirteen year old Nicole Turner was first to progress to a final. Turner, who is a member of the Laois Marlins club set a new lifetime best in the first heat of the Women’s 100m Freestyle S6; 1:21.38, taking two seconds off her previous best. The second heat was won in a new world record of 1:12.36 by Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko, which sees Turner line up seventh fastest for the final.

Twenty year old Ellen Keane then swam impressively to finish second in the first heat of the SM9 200m Individual Medley setting a new lifetime best of 2:40.53 in the process. Great Britain’s Tully Kearney won the heat in a new European record of 2:32.94. China’s Ping Lin was just 0.2 of a second behind Keane in qualifying. The leading swimmers in the second heat seemed to just do enough to secure qualifying and instead save something for what is set to be a thrilling final tonight at 7.31pm.

James Scully, who produced a 50m Freestyle PB yesterday placed fourth in the second heat of the 100m Freestyle in the S5class in 1:22.17. That mark sees him lying seventh fastest for tonight’s final, where he will be hoping to improve on that time.

Bronze medallist on the opening day in the 400m Freestyle Darragh McDonald was first into the pool for the Irish this morning. The UCD student finished fifth in his S6 100m Freestyle heat in 1:13.41 which saw him miss out on a place in the final by one spot; finishing 9th overall. Afterwards however it emerged the twenty one year old had suffered a grade one tear of his pectoralis major muscle during the race which should see him side-lined for about three weeks.

These Championships are a key milestone on the road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualification. Swimmers who win gold and silver in their events earn automatic qualification slots for their country. For the others the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings in 2016.

 

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New lifetime best for Ailbhe Kelly in final at Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/18/new-lifetime-best-for-ailbhe-kelly-in-final-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/18/new-lifetime-best-for-ailbhe-kelly-in-final-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:35:16 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8490 On the penultimate day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this evening Ireland’s Ailbhe Kelly set a new lifetime best of 1:27.24 finishing eighth in the final of the S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke.

Sixteen year old Kelly, who is a member of the National Aquatic Centre swim club, swam impressively in this her first World Championship final to produce her fastest ever time.


Of the three events Kelly contested at this her debut World Championships she set new lifetime bests in each one of them and hit a Rio 2016 qualifying standard in the 400m Freestyle; a superb return as she sets out on her international swimming career.

Speaking after the final Kelly said: “I’m really happy with that swim. It was a PB and I’m just delighted to have made a final in my first World Championships.”

Irish team manager Hayley Burke added: “That was great stuff from Ailbhe this evening. She did a massive PB only a little earlier in the season but went and bettered that again today. She had a very tough final; as we knew the big players had gone easy in the heat, but she just went out and took it on all the same, and got the result we were after.”

Earlier on London Paralympian Jonathan McGrath, from Killaloe in Co.Clare, raced in the men’s S8 100m Backstroke but placed sixth in a time of 1:17.84 which was not enough to make the final and instead saw him 13th overall.

On the final day of competition tomorrow four of the Irish swimmers will be racing. Bronze medallist on the opening day Darragh McDonald will race in the S6 100m Freestyle. Thirteen year old Nicole Turner raced in five finals this week also contests the 100m Freestyle (S6 Women’s). James Scully who produced a 50m Freestyle PB yesterday will also be racing in the 100m Freestyle in the S5class. Ellen Keane will be concluding her championships in the SM9 200m Individual Medley.

These Championships are a key milestone on the road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualification. Swimmers who win gold and silver in their events earn automatic qualification slots for their country. For the others the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings in 2016.

 

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Ailbhe Kelly through to final at Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/18/ailbhe-kelly-through-to-final-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/18/ailbhe-kelly-through-to-final-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:52:25 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8483 On the penultimate day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this morning there were just two Irish swimmers in action.

Sixteen year old Ailbhe Kelly swam impressively to place fifth in her S8 100m Backstroke heat and qualify for her first world championship final at 6.58pm this evening. Kelly, who is a member for the National Aquatic Centre swim club, finished in a time of 1:27.70 just 0.4 of a second outside of her PB set earlier this year.

London Paralympian Jonathan McGrath, from Killaloe in Co.Clare, raced in the men’s S8 100m Backstroke but placed sixth in a time of 1:17.84 which was not enough to make tonight’s final and instead saw him 13th overall.

On the final day of competition tomorrow four of the Irish swimmers will be racing. Bronze medallist on the opening day Darragh McDonald will race in the S6 100m Freestyle. Thirteen year old Nicole Turner raced in five finals this week also contests the 100m Freestyle (S6 Women’s). James Scully who produced a 50m Freestyle PB yesterday will also be racing in the 100m Freestyle in the S5class. Ellen Keane will be concluding her championships in the SM9 200m Individual Medley.

These Championships are a key milestone on the road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualification. Swimmers who win gold and silver in their events earn automatic qualification slots for their country. For the others the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings in 2016.

 

 

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Two more lifetime best swims from Turner and Scully in finals at Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/17/two-more-lifetime-best-swims-from-turner-and-scully-in-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/17/two-more-lifetime-best-swims-from-turner-and-scully-in-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:53:55 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8476 All three Irish swimmers in action at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this evening finished eighth in their respective finals, with James Scully and Nicole Turner posting new lifetime bests in the process.

In the final of the SM6 200m Individual Medley Nicole Turner shaved almost half a second off the massive best she set in qualifying this morning. This was the thirteen year old’s fifth final in as many days and impressively she has set a new PB in each of her five events so far at these Championships, making for a memorable debut. The final itself was won in a huge new World record of 3:01.02 by London 2012 star Ellie Simmonds of Great Britain. Turner will have a well-deserved day off tomorrow returning on Sunday for her final event; the 100m Freestyle.

London Paralympian Ellen Keane also finished eighth in the S9 Women’s 100m Butterfly event in 1:12.96, just marginally outside of the season’s best time she produced in qualifying this morning. The final was won by Tully Kearney of Great Britain in 1:09.04. Keane will be back in the pool on Sunday for her final event; the SM9 200m Individual Medley.

Fellow London 2012 Paralympian James Scully was the last Irish athlete in final action this evening racing in the S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle. Also taking eighth place Scully produced his second lifetime best of the day taking .08 seconds off the mark he set in this morning’s heat. The final was won by the ever dominant reigning Paralympic champion Daniel Dias of Brazil in 32:71.

Speaking after the race twenty one year old Scully said; “I’m happy with my PBs today and as the week progresses my performances are getting better. I had expected to go faster in my main event; the 200m Freestyle, but unfortunately it just didn’t happen. I’m looking forward to the 100m Freestyle on Sunday though.”

Irish team manager Hayley Burke added: “Today was another good day with three of our swimmers progressing to finals. Nicole just keeps impressing and Ailbhe really stepped up to get that Rio 2016 standard.”

Two Irish swimmers are in action tomorrow. London 2012 Paralympian Jonathan McGrath will race in the heats of the S8 Men’s 100m Backstroke at 11.03am. Dublin teenager Ailbhe Kelly will follow him at 11.06am in the heats of the S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke.

Bronze medallist Darragh McDonald will race in his final event on Sunday; the 100m Freestyle.

These Championships are a key milestone on the road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualification. Swimmers who win gold and silver in their events earn automatic qualification slots for their country. For the others the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings in 2016.

 

 

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Three Irish athletes into finals at Paralympic Swimming World Championships http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/17/three-irish-athletes-into-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/ http://www.paralympics.ie/2015/07/17/three-irish-athletes-into-finals-at-paralympic-swimming-world-championships/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:57:26 +0000 Sinead http://www.paralympics.ie/?p=8441 In the busiest day so far for the Irish team at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships three of the five swimmers in action qualified for tonight’s final, with lifetime best times also for three of them.

Continuing an outstanding debut Nicole Turner swam an enormous lifetime best in the heats of the SM6 200m Individual Medley. The thirteen year is on a real upward curve making typically huge gains at this early stage of her swimming career. She took over sixteen seconds off her previous best set earlier this year when finishing third in her heat today in 3:27.35 seeing her go into this evening’s final seventh fastest.

Fellow teenager Ailbhe Kelly swam brilliantly in the sole heat of the S8 Women’s 400m Freestyle. The Dubliner, also making her World Championship debut, similarly swam a massive lifetime best of 5:37.45; knocking over five and a half seconds off her previous best mark. Although not enough to make it to the final of this incredibly competitive class Kelly’s performance is of real significance as it is also inside the Minimum Qualifying Standard (MQS) for Rio 2016. She races again tomorrow in her main event; the 100m Backstroke.

London Paralympian Ellen Keane was the second Irish swimmer of the morning to book a place in an evening final. She placed fourth in her heat of the S9 100m Butterfly in 1:12.80 to snatch the last spot in the final. The twenty year old will be hoping to improve on that time in this evening’s final at 6.45pm.

Fellow London 2012 Paralympian James Scully raced in the second heat of the S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle. Also a team mate of Keane and Kelly at the National Aquatic Centre swim club, Scully put in a lifetime best performance of 38 seconds flat to take the last spot in tonight’s final; eighth fastest.

First into the pool for the Irish this morning was Killaloe’s Jonathan McGrath in the heats of the S8 Men’s 400m Freestyle. McGrath finished his heat fifth in a time of 4:53.34; not enough for a place in the final but instead tenth overall. McGrath will race again tomorrow in the heats of the 100m Backstroke.

These Championships are a key milestone on the road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualification. Swimmers who win gold and silver in their events earn automatic qualification slots for their country. For the others the highest possible finish is vital as the remaining slots are allocated based on world rankings in 2016.

 

 

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