ROUND-UP: All eyes turn to Rio as Para-Athletics squad finish off Grand Prix in Berlin


There were some good results from the Irish para-athletics squad this weekend as they competed in Berlin at the Para-Athletics Grand Prix . 

Day One saw success for the squad, with gold, silver and bronze medals won for the team. Conor McIlveen was first to secure a medal for the squad, when he finished third in the T38 800m in a time of 2.17 to secure his first international medal.

Elsewhere, Cork’s Noelle Lenihan took home a silver medal in the F38 Shot Put with a throw of 10.78, with her more favoured Discus event still to come tomorrow (Sunday, July 17th).

Orla Barry continued her winning form as she took home another gold medal to add to her collection, winning first place in the F57 Discus final with a throw of 29.06m.

Day Two (Sunday, July 17th) saw more medals, with wins for Noelle Lenihan in the Discus final with a 31.04m throw, a win for Niamh McCarthy with a 22.79m throw in her Discus final and a good run from Greta Streimikye to place third in the 1500m in a time of 4.52.89. 

“This competition was a valuable learning tool for our athletes,” said Irish Para-Athletics team leader, James Nolan. “While there were no Personal Bests secured, many of the athletes achieved these when it mattered most – at Europeans last month. This competition was a good stepping stone to help them to focus their minds on the biggest competition of their lives in less than eight weeks’ time in Rio.” 

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