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Tokyo 2020: Para-Swimmers make it to the finals

Ellen Keane in the pool
Ellen Keane in the pool Image credit:

Para-swimmers Ellen Keane (pictured above) and Róisín Ní Riain have made it to the finals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games after finishing their races in winning times.

Keane, who was born with an undeveloped left arm, completed the SB8 100m breaststroke in 2:40.99 whilst Ni Riain finished first in the SB13 100m achieving a personal best at 1:20.81, also in the breaststroke heats.

After the heats Ní Riain told RTE Sport: "I’m really happy with that.

"I was looking to go out and enjoy that swim today and I did that. To come out with a PB, I’m really happy with that. I was hoping for a PB, I don’t know what it was, nearly two seconds, I’m really happy with that.

"I think something I do need to work on is going out faster but at least I was able to close and have that finishing speed as well.

"I was hoping to make a final but I really didn’t know so [delighted] to be able to make one last one and hopefully one last good swim tonight. The whole experience has been great, I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m just trying to take it all in. I’m really happy so far."

Dungannon’s Phil Eaglesham shot his way to 21st overall firing a season best 632 in the R5 air rifle prone ahead of his main event, theR9 missed 50m rifle prone SH2, on Saturday.

Gary O’Reilly finished fourth in the Para-cycling for Ireland passing the finish line at 2:24.57.

Another achievement on day eight of the games saw Niamh McCarthy’s best throw of 28.94 in the F41 discus to finish fifth.

Róisín Ní Riain  is a member of Limerick Swimming Club.