Monday 11 December 2017

Keane makes it a fantastic five

Ellen Keane has brought Ireland's medal tally to five at the Paralympic Swimming World Championship in Canada following a fantastic swim in the 100m breaststroke SB8 final to claim bronze.

Keane, who has been swimming competitively since the age of 13, picked up her first major medal on day four of the championships, meaning Ireland have won medals on every day of competition in Montreal so far.

Swimming in lane 5, the 18-year-old had a great start turning in fourth after 50 metres, just .01 of a second behind Canada's Katarina Roxon, Keane then pushed hard for the last 50 metres, passing Roxon, ensuring her the bronze medal in a season's best of 1:23.74 and knocking 1.35 seconds off her heat time of 1:25.09.

"I can't believe it, I was a bit worried when I was swimming because I knew the British girl next to me had swum a 1:25 in the heats too but when I turned I saw she was behind and thought just go for it, I was getting tired but I just kept going," said a delighted Keane. "I'm so happy, I just don't think I can describe how it feels."

Following two sixth place finishes and now a Bronze medal, Ellen will swim one more event on Saturday when she takes to the pool for the heats of the 100m Butterfly.



GOLF: England's Ross Fisher was in a two-way tie for the lead at the end of day one of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Fisher carded a blemish-free six-under-par 64 to sit on the top of the pile alongside American Chris Stroud, a shot clear of a group of eight players including defending champion Sergio Garcia, Trevor Immelman and Robert Garrigus.

Fisher was in the last threesome to go out and his round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five fifth, when he hit his approach shot to seven feet. Pádraig Harrington struggled and carded a 73.



GOLF: Irish southpaw Gary Cully, of St David's BC, Kildare, beat Dzmitry Asanau of Belarus on a split decision in yesterday's flyweight quarter-final at the European Youth Championships in Rotterdam to guarantee Ireland at least a bronze medal.

World Youth bronze medallist Kurt Walker assured Ireland of at least a second bronze by hammering out a unanimous decision over Russia's Maxim Krivtsov in the bantam weight division.

Jason McKay, a team-mate of Walker's at the Canal BC in Antrim, lost to the Ukraine's Dmytro Zamatayev, and Waterford's Michael McDonagh was beaten by Italy's Francesco Maietta. Dublin welterweight John Stokes was forced to retire with an injured left hand.

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