December 17, 2020
Irish para-swimmers Roisin Ni Riain and Nicole Turner have both won races at Lebara's Race The World by British Swimming!
Roisin Ni Riain, from Limerick Swimming Club, finished first in two of her three races, winning the 50m and 100m Backstroke, where she beat Paralympic Gold Medallists Aurelie Rivard and Hannah Russell.
Rivard won her Paralympic medals in Freestyle, so it was no surprise to see her turn the tables on Ni Riain in the 100m Freestyle, but Russell is the reigning 100m Backstroke Paralympic Champion. A bright future beckons for teenager Roisin Ni Riain.
Rio 2016 Paralympian Nicole Turner (NAC Swim Club) also picked up a first-place finish, this time in 50m Butterfly. Turner was also fourth in the 50m Freestyle, and fifth in the 100m Breaststroke, won by Sophia Herzog, the Rio 2016 Silver Medallist in that event.
The meet attracted many Paralympic Champions from across the world and was held in a virtual heats and final format, with results being revealed yesterday via livestream.
For more details and results, visit: Lebara's Race the World
Rio 2016 Bronze Medallist Ellen Keane and Sligo's Patrick Flanagan were also in action, and all four para-athletes will compete this week in Dublin at the Swim Ireland Irish Winter Meet at the Sport Ireland National Aquatics Centre.
For more details and a schedule, visit: Irish Winter SC Meet 2020