Day 07 Evening Report

1 GOLD & 2 BRONZE SECURED AT BRANDS HATCH ON DAY 7

AFTERNOON HIGHLIGHTS:

Cycling Mark Rohan has secured Ireland’s sixth gold medal of the London2012 Paralympic Games by winning the Men’s H1 Individual Time Trial at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

Rohan clocked a time of 35:41.54 to take the gold by a clear 11 second margin over second placed Koby Lion of Israel (35:53.30). Austria’s Wolfgang Schattauer took the bronze with a time of 38:02.35.

Rohan commented

“I am delighted with my result, there was a lot of pressure on me to perform today”.

Like all the athletes, Rohan credited his success to the strong team around him, with Coach Brian Nugent, Manager Denis Toomey and Mechanics Gerry Beggs and Terry Cromer being of crucial assistance.

Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan took bronze in the Women’s Individual Time Trial B. The Irish duo clocked a time of 35:29.56 to secure their place on the podium. The Netherlands pairing of Kathrin Goeken and Kim Van Dijk took gold in 35:02.73 with the New Zealand tandem featuring Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson taking silver with a time of 35:07.68.

Despite being World Bronze Medallists in this event, the pair was not treating it as a priority event, and were not confident that the course would suit them. However, after their rest day yesterday they were able to put in a massive effort to come away with a Bronze medal in an event won by The Netherlands, with New Zealand in second place.

Fran Meehan commented,

“We have a really strong team, and I think that’s what has moved us on, we support each other, share our advice, and it means we all improve.”

This is the second medal this duo has won at the Games. Last Sunday, Walsh and Meehan secured a silver medal in the para-cycling individual B pursuit final at the Velodrome.

Also competing in today’s Individual Time Trial B, was Katie Dunleavy and Sandra Fitzgerald who placed fifth with a phenomenal time of 35:48.06

James Brown and Damien Shaw secured Team Ireland’s fourth bronze of the Games in the Men’s Individual Time Trial B at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

The Irish tandem pair clocked a time of 31:13.00 to secure their place on the podium. The Spanish pairing of Christian Venge and David Caldero Llaurado took gold in 30:48.25 with the Italian tandem featuring Ivano and Lucca Pizzi taking silver with a time of 30:50.41.

James Brown commented,

“We are riding a new bike, we opted for power rather than aerodynamics, and it really seems to have paid off”.

Last Thursday Brown and Shaw narrowly missed out on a podium place in the Bronze medal ride off in the paracycling Individual Pursuit B competition at the Velodrome. The pair clocked a time of 4:26.075 to finish outside the medals in fourth place behind the Spanish pair of Clemente Solano and Munoz.

Boccia Tom Leahy has been defeated by Portuguese player Abilio Valente 6-1 in the BC3 Mixed Individual competition. Roberta (Bobbie) Connolly was defeated by Slovakian Robert Mezik 5-2 in the BC3 Mixed Individual competition.

Sailing Irish sailing team; John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costelloe finished 10th in the three person keelboat (sonar) race in Weymouth and Portland. In what was the 10th race of the competition, they are currently placed in 11th position overall.

In the overall standing, the Dutch crew remain in poll position with the Norwegian and Germans close behind them. The Irish crew has slipped one place from tenth to eleventh.

TEAM IRELAND MEDAL COUNT: GOLD 6 SILVER 2 BRONZE 5