Scully Secures Bronze in Eindhoven

James Scully has secured Ireland’s first medal on the opening day of competition at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, Holland.

The 2013 World Championship Bronze medallist in the 200m Freestyle went into tonight’s S5 100m Freestyle Final in 3rd place after swimming a lifetime best in the morning heats of 1:21.66. And, despite the best efforts of Russia’s Roman Zhdanov, it was the man from Ratoath, Co. Meath who held on to that position in the Final and collected the Bronze medal in 1:22.40.

Spain’s Sebastian Rodriguez was the Gold medallist in 1:17.05 with Great Britain’s Andrew Mullen picking up Silver in 1:18.44.

A delighted Scully commented after the race “I’m really happy, it wasn’t the time I wanted but to secure a medal on the first day is brilliant, this is what it’s all about. I’m going to concentrate on my main event now and am looking forward to the 200Free on Friday”.

NAC Swim Clubs Ailbhe Kelly continued her good form in her senior international debut with another personal best in the S8 100m Backstroke Final. The 15 year old who had swam a lifetime best of 1:29.40 in the heats bettered that time to 1:29.18 in the final to place 5th overall.

Jonathan McGrath made his first appearance of the championships in the S8 100m Backstroke Final. The 400m Freestyle specialist touched 7th overall in 1:17.48. McGrath, who swims at Swim Ireland’s Performance Centre at UL Sport in Limerick will race his main event tomorrow.

Ailbhe Kelly will also be back in action tomorrow in the Women’s S8 400m Freestyle Final.

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Irish Team for 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships

Ellen Keane, S9, SM9, SM9 classes, NAC swim club, from Clontarf, Dublin 3

Ailbhe Kelly, S8 class, NAC swim club, from Castleknock, Dublin 15

James Scully, S5 class, NAC swim club, from Ratoath, Co. Meath

Jonathan McGrath, S8, Swim Ireland UL Sport Performance Centre, from Killaloe, Co.Clare

Laurence McGivern, S9, Invictus Swim team, from Rostrevor, Co.Down

Provisional Competition Schedule – Irish team at IPC Swimming World Championships

(All times quoted are Irish time, schedule may be subject to change)

Day 1 – Monday 4th August 2014

Results

  Ailbhe Kelly S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke Heat 1:29.40 PB 5th
  James Scully S5 Men’s 100m Freestyle Heat 1:21.66 PB 3rd
  Ellen Keane S9 Women’s 50m Freestyle FINAL 30.62 PB 4th
   
5.13pm Jonathan McGrath S8 Men’s 100m Backstroke FINAL 1:16.98 7th
5.17pm Ailbhe Kelly S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke FINAL 1:29.18 PB 5th
5.22pm James Scully S5 Men’s 100m Freestyle FINAL 1:22.40 3rd BRONZE Medal

 

 

Day 2 – Tuesday 5th August 2014

 

8.52am Jonathan McGrath S8 Men’s 400m Freestyle FINAL  
9.00am Ailbhe Kelly S8 Women’s 400m Freestyle FINAL  

 

 

Day 3 – Wednesday 6th August 2014

 

10.10am Ellen Keane SB9 Women’s 100m Breaststroke FINAL  
4.21pm Ellen Keane S9 Women’s 100m Freestyle FINAL  

 

 

Day 4 – Thursday 7th August 2014

 

No Irish athletes competing today

 

 

 

Day 5 – Friday 8th August 2014

 

8.00am James Scully S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle Heat  
       
4.00pm James Scully S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)  
6.10pm Ellen Keane SM9 Women’s 200m Individual Medley FINAL  

Day 6 – Saturday 9th August 2014

 

8.00am Laurence McGivern S9 Men’s 100m Backstroke Heat  
8.13am James Scully S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle Heat  
8.49am Ailbhe Kelly S8 Women’s 100m Freestyle FINAL  
8.53am Ellen Keane S9 Women’s 100m Backstroke FINAL  
   
4.03pm Laurence McGivern S9 Men’s 100m Backstroke FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)  
4.33pm James Scully S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)  
   

Day 7 – Sunday 10th August 2014

 

8.38am James Scully S5 Men’s 50m Backstroke Heat  
9.18am Ellen Keane S9 Women’s 100m Butterfly FINAL  
       
4.24pm Ailbhe Kelly S8 Women’s 50m Freestyle FINAL  
4.28pm James Scully S5 Men’s 50m Backstroke FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)  

 

 All heats and finals from the event will be streamed live on www.paralympicsport.tv and there is also a website at www.eindhoven2014.com The event will also be covered live and via highlights on Channel 4. Swim Ireland will be tweeting results, and issuing press releases daily with details of the Irish performances.

About Classification: Classification is a unique and integral part of disability sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

In swimming classification the S refers to swimming, in particular the Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke events, the SB refers to Breaststroke and the SM refers to Swimming Medley, with the numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.

For a full run down on all the classifications in swimming visit

http://www.paralympic.org/swimming/classification

Further Information:Trish Mayon

Swim Ireland
Ph: +353 86 8094786
Email: pr@swimireland.ie

 

 

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