FOUR GOLD AND ONE SILVER FOR IRISH TEAM AT THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Irelandâ€™s Michael McKillop has become the second Irish athlete to win double gold at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea this morning when he added the T38 1500m title to the T38 800m one he claimed on Wednesday. Mc Killop won in a time of 4:16.73 ahead of Louis Radius of France in 4:21.44, and Dean Miller of Great Britain in 4:22.24.
MICHAEL MCKILLOP CONTESTS T38 1500M FINAL TOMORROW
On the penultimate of competition at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea Irelandâ€™s Lorraine Regan finished fifth in the F57 Shot Put with a best of 6.88m. Notably the event was won with a seasons best throw of 10.58m by Stela Eneva of Bulgaria; the same athlete that won F57 Discus gold ahead of Irelandâ€™s Orla Barry yesterday.
Irelandâ€™s Catherine Oâ€™Neill (F51), from New Ross in Co. Wexford, placed sixth in the F32/F51 Club Throw Final (combined class*) at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea this morning, with a best throw of 11.76m.
Irelandâ€™s Jason Smyth has sensationally completed the sprint double at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea adding the T12 200m title to 100m crown he claimed earlier in the week. The reigning double Paralympic and world champion, and world record holder claimed the gold in a time of 21.67seconds, ahead of Joan Munar of Spain in silver in 22.28, and Artem Loginov of Russia in bronze in 22.55.
Into a considerable headwind (-0.8m/s), and with a wet track to contend with the athlete regarded as the fastest Paralympian on the planet, shot out of the blocks and was already clear of the field at the bend. Demonstrating his characteristic textbook sprint action the twenty seven year old impressively powered to the line almost seven tenths of a second quicker than this in morningâ€™s semi-final.
After the race Smyth said: â€śItâ€™s been a long summer and I seem to have had issues after issues so Iâ€™m just glad and delighted to get the medal in the 200m also. I didnâ€™t feel I performed as well as I should have in the 100m so Iâ€™m much happier after this one. Championships are about medals, so Iâ€™m over the moon that Iâ€™ve delivered here.â€ť
Lorraine Regan was the other Irish athlete in action this afternoon contesting the F56 Javelin. Twenty four year old Regan, impressively threw a seasonâ€™s best of 15.80m, in this the favoured of her two events at these Championships, to place fifth overall. World and European record holder Martina Willing of Germany claimed gold with a best throw of 20.71m. She will be in action again tomorrow in the final of the F57 Shot Put.
Earlier on Corkâ€™s Orla Barry became the third Irish athlete to medal at these Paralympic Athletics European Championships when she claimed silver in the F57 Discus with a best throw of 28.13m.
2012 Paralympic silver medallist in the F51 Discus Catherine Oâ€™Neill is also competing tomorrow. Oâ€™Neill however is competing in the F32/F51 Club Throw (combined class) as the discus in not on the programme at these Championships.
The Irish team is proudly sponsored by Allianz Ireland; an official sponsor of Paralympics Ireland.
SMYTH THROUGH TO 200M FINAL THIS AFTERNOON
Orla Barry became the third Irish athlete to medal at the 2014 Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea when she claimed silver in the F57 Discus today. With a best throw of 28.13m the twenty four year old Irish athlete bettered a seasonâ€™s best from German athlete Ilke Wyludda in third who threw a seasonâ€™s best of 27.63m. The gold medal was won by Bulgariaâ€™s Stela Eneva also with a seasonâ€™s best of 31.88m.