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Silver for Eagle AC & Carrigaline's Niamh McCarthy and Ladysbridge's Orla Barry

Earlier this afternoon, 25 year old Orla Barry, from Ladysbridge, in East Cork, secured the Silver medal in the F57 Discus Final

Orla Barry Takes F57 Discus Rio Paralympic Silver min.


Paralympics Ireland's Report

At the Olympic stadium in Rio today Cork’s Orla Barry won silver in the Women’s Discus Final F57, to improve on her Bronze medal which she won in this event four years ago in London. The twenty five year old, had a second round throw of 30.06m which was enough to claim her podium place behind Algerian, Nassima Saifi, who took gold with a throw of 33.33.m. 

Barry went into the competition ranked third with a personal best of 31.18 and although she didn’t hit that mark today the two time Paralympian had enough to hold off Eucharia Iyiazi from Nigeria who took Bronze.

Speaking after the event, Barry said, “I’m delighted; absolutely delighted. I have done one better this time. There were doubts during the week so to throw over thirty meters is fantastic, any day you can through over thirty meters is a good day. I am delighted to come through in the end.”

Speaking about the support she has behind her, Barry added; “My coaches, and my family; without them, I wouldn’t be here at all. Part of this medal belongs to all of them.” Barry continued, “I always said after Rio I would take it each year at a time and with world championships coming up, I will take a break now and concentrate on them.”

Orla Barry F57 Discus Rio Paralympics Sportsfile min


Second Silver of Day for Team Ireland, as Niamh McCarthy Takes Silver in F41 Discus

 Niamh McCarthy F41 Discus Rio Paralympics SportsfilePhoto:Sportsfile

This evening, throwing in the F40/41 Discus Final, Eagle AC and Carrigaline athlete Niamh McCarthy took another Silver for Team Ireland, with a fifth round throw of 26.67m, behind Gold medalist, Tunisian Raoua Tlili, who threw a World Record of 33.38m. Tlili's compatriot, Fathia Amaimia secured Bronze, with 26.16


Paul Keoghan T37 400m

Late this afternoon, Ireland's Paralympic debutant, Paul Keogan in the heats of the T37 400m. Unfortunately events did not go as planned for the Meath man who was disqualified due to a false start, having lost his balance while waiting for the gun.


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