Day 08 Evening Report

KEANE FINISHES 7th IN 200m IM FINAL

Swimming

Aer Lingus SC swimmer Ellen Keane has today finished 7th in the final of the S9 200m Individual Medley in London. Keane had a great start to the race turning in 4th after the first 50 metres of Butterfly and making her way to 3rd at the 100m mark. But the 17 year old had put so much effort into the first 100m she began to feel the pain and fell back to 5th after the Breaststroke leg and into 7th in the last 50 metres of Freestyle to touch in 2:42.21.

A disappointed Keane said

“I definitely took it up a notch in the back and fly, I definitely felt it, I just couldn’t hold on, it was so sore”

The race was won by Natalie du Toit in 2:34.22 taking the South African’s medal tally to 3 Gold for the Games.

Keane will be back in action on Saturday, the final day of competition, in her favoured 100m Breaststroke event. Ellen finished 6th in Beijing in this event aged just 13, but has since been re-classified to a more difficult class. “I’m nervous for Saturday, when I came 6th in Beijing I was a lower classification, last year I got moved up, which knocked me down a bit, I’ve just been training really hard because the classification I’m in now is really hard”

Cycling In a week that has not been kind to World Time Trial and Pursuit Champion, Colin Lynch, a crash on the first corner in the Road Race put an end to his Paralympic bid. The race was eventually won by Bargna of Italy, with Warias from Germany taking silver, and Nicholas from Australia in Bronze. After a performance that was below his own expectations this week, Lynch started the Men’s Individual C1-3 Road Race aiming to surprise the bunch and get into an early break. He looked set to put this plan into action early on moving towards the front of the bunch immediately. However, as he rounded the first tricky bend he crashed into the barriers:

“I thought that a decisive break could come at the first corner so I got myself up there to be in it. I got boxed off and ended up going straight into the barriers.”

Lynch was fortunate to not break any bones, and walked away with road rash:

“My pride and bike are a bit damaged, but everything else is ok.”

Lynch will take a short break now before focusing his attention on retaining his titles at the next Paracycling World Road and Track Championships.

Boccia Johnny Cronin has lost his last sixteen match in the BC3 Mixed individual against Nurul Mohammad on a score of 7-1. The result means that Cronin will not progress further in the competition and his defeat ends Ireland’s participation in Boccia at the London 2012 Paralympic games.

Nurul Mohammad raced into a 3-0 lead in the first end and followed that up with another 3-0 victory in the second end. That left the scores at 6-0 with two ends remaining. Cronin did manage to win the third end 1-0, however it was not enough as Nurul Mohammad won the match 7-1.

Cronin was not available for comment after the match as he was clearly emotional after losing to the opponent he had beaten the day previous to make it into the last sixteen.

Sailing On the final day of racing for the Sonar class at the Paralympic Games had to be cancelled today due to the lack of wind. The Irish sailors, John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello finished 11th overall. They had been hoping to leave the regatta on a high today, repeating their second place performance from earlier in the week but unfortunately it was not to be. Although they will not come home with a medal this year, John has made the history books by competing in what was his 10th Paralympics.

John Twomey commented

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get to race today but it’s been a great regatta and a wonderful Paralympics“.

COLLATED RESULTS:

Boccia:

BC3 Mixed Individual 1/8 Final N.B Mohammad Taha bt (SIN) 7-1 Johnny Cronin (IRL)

Swimming:

200m Individual Medley Final Medallist: 1. N du Toit (SA) 2:34.22, 2. S Millward (GBR) 2:36.21, 3.L Watkin (GBR) 2:37.79, 7. E Keane (IRL) 2:42.21

50m backstroke S5 Qualifiers: 1. D Dias (BRA) 36.29, 2. J He (CHN) 37.02, 3.Z Vereczkei (HUN) 38.86, 13. J Scully(IRL) 45.27

Athletics:

200m T13 Heats: Qualifiers: 1. J Smyth (IRL) 2:36.92, 2. S Millward (GBR) 2:38.47, 3.L Watkin (GBR) 2:39.21,

Cycling: Men's Individual C 4-5 Road Race Qualifiers: 1. Y Dementyev (UKR) 1:55:38, 2. X Liu (CHN) 1:55:48, 3. M Pittacolo (ITA) 1:55:51 14. C Miller (IRL) 1:59:34

Table Tennis Team:

Women’s Team F1-3 Match 1: Ireland 0- 1 Italy (6-11, 3-11, 6-11) Match 2: Ireland 0-1 Italy (11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 2-11) Match 3: Ireland 0-1 Italy (4-11, 4-11, 6-11)

Sailing

Three Person Keelboat Overall Placings: 1. Netherlands 20pts, 2. Germany 40pts, 3. Norway 42pts, 11. Ireland 76pts

TEAM IRELAND MEDAL COUNT: GOLD 6 SILVER 2 BRONZE 5