PB for Turner & SB for Scully to qualify for finals at World Champs

Another massive PB from Nicole Turner to make 50m Butterfly final at Paralympic Swimming World Championships

Season’s best time from James Scully to make 200m Freestyle final

Ireland’s Nicole Turner produced yet another lifetime best performance finishing second in her heat of the 50m Butterfly (S6 class*) at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this morning to progress to tonight’s final. The thirteen year old athlete, who is making her major championship debut at these Worlds knocked over three seconds off her previous best to finish in 40.14, and see her qualify fourth fastest for the final. Turner has again exceeded expectations by just making the final as she was ranked tenth going into the event. The final is at 8.52pm.

IPC Swimming World Championships - Day One
IPC Swimming World Championships - Day One

Team mate James Scully was first into the pool for the Irish swimming a season’s best time; 2:54.84, in the second heat of the Men’s 200m Freestyle (S5 class*) to qualify seventh fastest for tonight’s final at 7.06pm. The S5 class is incredibly competitive and dominated by a leading quartet of reigning Paralympic and world champion Brazilian Daniel Dias, European champion Andrew Mullen of Great Britain, American Roy Perkins and Spaniard Sebastian Rodriguez. London Paralympian Scully will be hoping to go faster in tonight’s final (7.06pm) and challenge his personal best time and overall placing.

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.

All races can be viewed live on our dedicated page on our website http://bit.ly/1UTQM4P

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

Irish Results, Paralympic Swimming World Champs, Wed 15th July

James Scully, 4th in heat of Men’s 200m Freestyle Heat (S5 class), 2:54.84 (SB) through to final

Nicole Turner, 2nd in Women’s 50m Butterfly Heat (S6 class), 40.14 (PB) through to final

Irish schedule, Evening session, Wednesday 15th July

7.06pm James Scully, Men’s 200m Freestyle Final (S5 class)

8.52pm Nicole Turner, Women’s 50m Butterfly Final (S6 class)