Ellen Keane delivered on her billing as one to watch at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships as she clinched the bronze medal yesterday. In a thrilling race it was Keane that was able to hold her nerve and touch in third place.
Keane held off the challenge of Zsofia Konkolyy while Spain’s Nuria Marques led the 200m Individual Medley home followed by Toni Shaw from Great Britain.
Longford’s Patrick Flanagan was desperately unlucky not to be the first Irish medalas he finished 4th, losing out by only 0.26 seconds to Yoan Valkinsky in the final of the Men’s 400M Freestyle.
Jonathan McGrath had a strong performance in the Men’s 100M Freestyle S8 event. McGrath showed he is on an upward curve as he came home in 6th place despite being ranked 8th coming into the final.
Ailbhe Kelly maintained her superb form as she progressed again to the final, this time in the Women’s 100M Freestyle. Ailbhe’s finished 8th in that final after a strong battle throughout.
Ireland’s 5th finalist was Cork’s Sean O’Riordan who competed in the first final of the evening session. Sean will be pleased with his performance after coming home in 8th position.
James Scully was Ireland’s other competitor in action and he also gave his best ever performance in the 50M Freestyle S5.
Although he didn’t progress to the final it was a fine performance.