HELEN KEARNEY TAKES SILVER IN EQUESTRIAN
EQUESTRIAN TEAM TAKE BRONZE IN TEAM EVENT
WALSH & MEEHAN TAKE SILVER AT THE VELODROME
Team Ireland equestrians secured a further two medals today when the Helen Kearney riding MISTER COOL secured a silver medal in the Individual Championship Test Grade 1a competition with a score of 76.70%. The result also sees the Irish Team take the Bronze medal in the team event. This is the first time an Irish Team have competed in Equestrian at Paralympic level.
Speaking after the event Kearney said:
“I am absolutely thrilled. I felt confident and knew that I had done what I could to prepare. It is an amazing feeling, a dream come true. I saw my family and it inspired me to perform in the competition.”
However there was also a team medal to celebrate on which Kearney commented
“It is nearly more exciting than my own for the team to achieve a Bronze medal.”
Ecstatic team member James Dwyer said
“I am actually flabbergasted. It is unbelievable. I had visualised winning many times in training but for it to happen in reality is something incredible. The secret was consistency. All of us had a super rides over the past two days and every one of the team was consistent.”
Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan also made history today by securing Ireland’s first ever Paralympic cycling medal. The tandem pair took silver in the Women’s Individual Pursuit at the Velodrome. In the Gold Medal Ride-off the Irish pair clocked a time of 3:36.350 but it was not enough to beat New Zealand’s Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson who took Gold. Katie George Dulevy and Sandra Fitzgerald finished fifth overall.
In the Men’s Mixed C1-5 Team Sprint the Irish team set a new national record of 56.401 and finished eight overall.
15-year-old Heather Jameson set a new personal best in the heats of the Women’s T37 100m. Jameson was seventh in her heat.