David Malone narrowly missed out on adding to his Sydney gold medal in the S8 100m backstroke final this afternoon in Athens, settling in the end for silver - and Ireland's second medal at the 2004 games.
The Ballinteer swimmer, who turned 27 last week, hit the turn in 34.05 seconds, three-hundredths ahead of his main challenger Travis Mohr of the United States.
But two-time Paralympian Mohr, 23, overhauled the Irishman in the closing stages to win in a time of 1:10.15, 2.40 seconds clear of the field.
Malone, who set the current world record (1:09.28) at the 1998 World Championships in New Zealand, came home in 1:12.55.
Croatian Mihovil Spanja took bronze in 1:13.49.
Clare athlete Derek Malone gained Ireland's first medal on Monday night, running to bronze in the T38 800m.