Today was the final day of the Para Athletics World Championship with Meath man Paul Keogan competing in T37 400m.
Paul cruised through to today’s final after winning yesterday’s heat. Keogan finished in 5th position after a strong performance in the T37 400m with a time of 56.90, DU TOIT Charl, representing South Africa takes home the Gold medal.
After the race, Ireland Team Manager, James Nolan commented“It was fantasticto see Paul make the final andimprove on his heat time”.
The Cushionstown AC athlete added “I gained valuable experience here in London getting the opportunity to race five times. I’m happy with my progress and it’s infinitely better than Rio.”
The Irish Team will return home from the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships with seven medals won by: McKillop (gold in T37 800m & T37 1500m); Jason Smyth (gold in T13 100m & 200m); Orla Barry (silver in F57 discus); Niamh McCarthy (silver in F41 discus); and Noelle Lenihan (silver in F38 discus).
Ireland Team Manager, James Nolan, commenting on the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships:
“This team have been progressing amazingly well since London 2012. We were successful in Doha 2015 and Rio 2016 but to come away from this World Championships with 7 medals from 10 athletes is truly World Class.
The planning & plan execution from the local organisation committee, Paralympics Ireland staff and the experienced on the ground athletics team support staff allowed the athletes focus on their sole job of maximising their performance in competition.
The athletes surpassed all targets set. Taking into account, population, team size and medals won we are one of the strongest Nations in the World of Paralympic Athletics.
On top of the medals won by Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Noelle Lenihan, Orla Barry & Niamh McCarthy it was great to see Greta Streimikyte progress to within 1 second of bronze, Orla Comerford finish 6th in the 100m Final, Paul Keogan reach the final in both the 200m & 400m and Patrick Monahan driving forward the resurgence of World level wheelchair racing in Ireland when competing over 800m & 1500m.
With the European Championships next year in Berlin, if this team can reproduce the level of performance seen here in London this week, they will be a dominant force in 2018.
Thanks to Sport Ireland, IIS, SINI, our sponsors, athletes home coaches and Paralympics Ireland office staff for all the support before & at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships”
The Irish Team will return from the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships on Monday, July 24th.
The team will travelling on flight EI0165 from London Heathrow arriving into Dublin Terminal Two at 15.40.
Members of the team including medallists Michael McKillop, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy will be available for interview on arrival.
Arriving into Dublin:
- Michael McKillop
- Noelle Lenihan
- Niamh McCarthy
- Patrick Monahan
- Paul Keogan
- Deirdre Mongan
- Greta Streimikyte
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