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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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Keane Cruises into Breaststroke Final

Ellen Keane has booked her place in tonight’s SB8 100m Breaststroke Final after a heat winning performance in this morning’s preliminaries in Rio. The 21 year old, who is competing in her third Paralympic Games, progressed comfortably from the heats in 1:23.64 and was happy with this morning’s win “I’m excited, I knew that we only needed to drop off one swimmer so I knew the other girls would probably be taking it easy, but for me it was important [...]

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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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Turner makes in three for three in Rio

Ireland’s Nicole Turner continued her impressive form in the pool today making her third final of the Games in the S6 200m Individual Medley. The teams youngest athlete had progressed in both the 50m Butterfly and Freestyle Finals last week and will have a further three events after tonight’s 11.39pm (Ireland) Final. Turner took out the race extremely strong turning first after the Butterfly leg. Her weakest link in the medley event, the Backstroke, saw her fall to fourth where [...]

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The Swim Sisters – Pioneering Open Water Swim

Four women who regularly swim together and compete in open water swims around the country decided they would like to make their mark on a pioneering swim… to cross an almost diagonal route of Lough Neagh, the largest lake by area in the British Isles. At some 32km long and 14km wide, the lough can throw up several challenges to the swimmer becoming very unsettled and choppy in the exposed central waters. With one swimmer from each province in Ireland; [...]

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Keane Makes Rio Debut

Ireland’s Ellen Keane made her Rio 2016 Games debut today and despite an impressive swim in the SM9 200m Individual Medley, she did not progress to the Final. Keane, swimming in heat three of the event clocked 2 minutes 41.17 seconds but would have needed to swim under her best time of 2:39.95 to advance. Keane was looking in contention early on in the race, turning first on the Backstroke leg, but faded back to fourth at the Freestyle “I’ve [...]

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Nicole Turner 7th in Freestyle Final

Swimming in her second Final in as many days teen sensation Nicole Turner touched in 7th place in the S6 50m Freestyle Final tonight at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Turner, who was 5th in last night’s 50m Butterfly Final, swam an impressive 36.31 seconds, just five hundreths of a second shy of her best time. Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mareshko set her second Paralympic Games Record of the day to win Gold in 33.43 seconds. 14 year old Turner is enjoying her [...]

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Turner Dashes into Freestyle Final

Ireland’s Nicole Turner qualified for her second Paralympic Games Final in as many days as she booked her spot in the S6 50m Freestyle Final at the Rio Aquatics Centre this morning. Ranked 9th going into the event, Turner put in an impressive swim to touch second in her heat and progress in 7th overall in 36.70 seconds. Speaking after the race the 14 year old was delighted to make another Final “I’m really happy, the swim felt good enough, [...]

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