Malone ‘delighted’ with Paralympics silver

Ballinteer swimmer David Malone admitted to being 'really delighted' with his silver medal in this afternoon's S8 100m backstroke final in Athens.

Ballinteer swimmer David Malone admitted to being 'really delighted' with his silver medal in this afternoon's S8 100m backstroke final in Athens.

A third ever Paralympic medal for the 27-year-old - following silver and gold at Atlanta and Sydney - Malone went into the final ranked fourth in the world, and had initially targeted a bronze finish.

"I thought going into the final that bronze would be the best I could manage, but I'm really delighted with silver," said Malone, who works as a swimming coach.

"1:12 was my best time in three years, so all the training has paid off definitely. It was a really tough swim, but probably means more to me than my other medals.

"The last 15 metres were really, really difficult but I got there and I am thrilled", he added.

Ireland's only athlete involved in competition tonight is former rugby player Gareth Culliton. Following disappointment in the F52 shot putt, the Laois man is currently involved in the discus final.

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