Friday 15 December 2017

Scully scoops World bronze

THE medal count has continued to rise for Ireland in Montreal Canada, with James Scully winning bronze at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships.

Scully picked up his first international medal in the final of the 200m freestyle S6 with a swim of two minutes and 58 seconds.

He went into the final in the bronze medal position in a time of 3:00.17 following the heats, and the 19-year-old improved on this and maintained his place in the decider, finishing behind second-placed Roy Perkins (2:45.61) of the USA. World and Paralympic champion Daniel Dias of Brazil retained his title in two minutes and 27 seconds.

Following the bronze medal win, Scully said "I'm over the moon, it's absolutely brilliant, the time was a bit off what I swam in London but I got the medal and I'm delighted."

Ellen Keane was also in action in both the 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley finals.

The 18-year-old Keane was placed eighth going into the final of the 50m freestyle following a swim of 31.58 in the heats, but she recorded with a new personal best of 31.03 to finish sixth.

She then went on to swim the 200m individual medley final but was unable to better her time of 2:47.26 from the morning heat, clocking 2:47.46 to finish in sixth place.

Head of Paralympic Swimming Dave Malone is excited by the team performance on what is the first step to the Rio Games in 2016, with Darrgah McDonald (gold) and Bethany Firth (silver) winning medals on day one of the championships.

"We have had a great start to the Championships," he said.

"It was always going to be a tough meet to come to after the success of London but this is the first year in our Rio cycle and it gives us a good grounding for where we're at and we'll take all the medals that come at us."

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