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IRISH PARALYMPIC TEAM SET FOR AIRPORT HOMECOMING TODAY

Ireland’s 48 strong Rio 2016 Paralympic team have waved goodbye to the athletes’ village and are on their journey homeward with eleven medals, and a host of lifetime best performances. The team is scheduled to touch down in Dublin Airport just after midday today (Wednesday 21st September) and make their way to the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1 at approximately 1pm to meet family, friends and the media. The team exceeded all expectations in Rio claiming four gold, four silver […]

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Scully 7th in last race of Rio Games

Team Ireland’s James Scully has finished 7th in the S5 100m Freestyle Final on the final night of the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Scully set a new personal best time in this morning’s heats of 1:21.15 to progress in eighth place and despite improving on that time in the final by taking almost a second off this morning’s time; he was 7th overall in 1:20.18. Speaking after the race the 23 year old was very happy […]

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Keane Concludes Rio Games with Backstroke Final

Ireland’s swimming Bronze medallist Ellen Keane ended her 2016 Paralympic Games with an eighth place finish in the S9 100m Backstroke Final tonight. The 21 year old, who claimed SB8 100m Breaststroke Bronze on Wednesday, had set a best time in this morning’s heats of 1:15.44 but was unable to match that time in tonight’s final touching in 1:16.27. Keane, who is competing in her third Paralympic Games, has had an extremely successful competition “I’ve had three Finals, two PBs […]

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Keane Qualifies for another Final in Rio

Ireland’s Ellen Keane has qualified for the S9 100m Backstroke Final on the penultimate day of racing in the pool at the Paralympic Games. The SB8 100m Breaststroke Bronze medallist is having an outstanding week and will compete in her third final in as many days tonight at 9.50pm (Ireland). Swimming in her weakest event, Keane touched third in her heat and advances to the final in seventh overall in 1:15.44, a new best time for the 21 year old […]

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Turner 7th, Keane 8th in Rio

Ireland’s Nicole Turner and Ellen Keane have finished seventh and eighth in their respective Finals on Day 8 of Swimming at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Turner, at just 14 years old, was swimming in her fifth final of five events and swam a personal best , her third this week, in the SB6 100m Breaststroke Final. A time of 1:46.19 was one tenth of a second faster than the time that won her Bronze at this year’s IPC European Swimming […]

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Keane and Turner Qualify for Finals

Last night’s swimming Bronze medallist Ellen Keane and four time finalist Nicole Turner have both progressed from their heats at the Rio Aquatic Centre today. Keane, who won SB8 100m Breaststroke Bronze last night, was back in the pool for the first event of the day, the S9 100m Butterfly. Ranked 11th going in Keane gave a fantastic performance, swimming a personal best of 1:10.95, knocking over half a second off her previous best (1:11.56) and finishing second in her […]

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Ellen Keane Claims Bronze in Breaststroke Final

Ellen Keane won Ireland’s fourth medal of the day in a fantastic race at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Keane collected her first Paralympic Games medal winning Bronze in the SB8 100m Breaststroke. The 21 year old swam a fantastic race, she turned fourth after 50 metres behind Poland’s Paulina Wozniak, but a confident Keane pushed on in the last 25 metres touching the wall a full two seconds ahead of the Pole in 1:23.07. Delighted after the race Keane commented […]

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Turner 8th in Freestyle Final

Ireland’s Nicole Turner put in an impressive swim in tonight’s 400m Freestyle Final to finish 8th overall in her fourth final of the Games. Turner had advanced to tonight’s final in sixth place in a personal best time of 5:51.99, however, an evacuation of the Ireland team building during her break left the 14 year old with limited rest between races and she posted a time of 5:54.61 in the Final “The fire alarm started going off and woke me […]

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Turner makes another Final in Rio

Ireland’s teenage swimming sensation Nicole Turner is through to another Final after an impressive swim in the morning heats of the S6 400m Freestyle at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Turner, who has already competed in three Finals in Rio, was ranked 8th going into the event and having swam the 200m Individual Medley Final late last night it was a big ask for the 14 year old to put in a big performance, but she did not disappoint, swimming a […]

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Turner 7th in Medley Final

Ireland’s Nicole Turner has finished in 7th place in the SM6 200m Individual Medley Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Competing in her third Final since the start of the Games, the 14 year old swam an impressive 3 minutes 18.18 seconds, but was up against tough competition in the form of Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds who set a new World Record in the event. Turner had progressed from the morning heats in 8th place in a time of […]

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