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Comerford and Streimikyte Secure Two Slots for Paris 2024 at Para Athletics World Championships

10 July 2023; Orla Comerford of Ireland, centre, competes in the final of the 100m T13 on day three of the World Para Athletics Championships 2023 at Charléty Stadium in Paris, France. Photo by Sandra Ruhaut/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Orla Comerford was the first of Team Ireland’s six athletes to compete at the Para Athletics World Championships in Paris. She laid down a marker on day 2 by posting a personal best of 12.14 in her heat on Sunday. A blistering start from Comerford in a tough field which included Toyko 2020 silver medalist Lamiya Valiyeva saw her place third overall as she booked herself a spot in Monday evening’s final.

Comeford came tantalizingly close to a bronze medal on day 3 in a final that had to go to a photo finish to crown first and second place and clocked Comerford’s fourth place only 0.06 of a second away from the podium.

Her fourth-place finish was enough to qualify the first slot for Team Ireland for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris next summer.

Speaking after the final Comerford said, “Honestly, I’ve mixed emotions about it, I came here to be top four, and I can’t put into words how delighted I am to finish top four. It takes a massive weight off me for next year. Obviously after yesterday’s run, I was hoping for bronze, but it wasn’t to be.”

Greta Streimikyte also took to the track during session 1 of day 3 for the 1500m T13 final. It was a tough field that included the Tokyo 2020 Silver medalist Liza Corso (USA).

A fast start saw Streimikyte leading the pack for over 400m, however as the race progressed, she found herself fighting for the illusive third place which ended up being just beyond her reach.

Her time of 4:33.27 is a new European record, and her fourth-place finish also secures a slot for Team Ireland for Paris 2024.

Speaking after the race Streimikyte said, “I’m kind of between fourth and fifth, it would be nice in a major world championships or Paralympic Games to move from that position. Today didn’t work out the way I wanted I need to come back, and rethink is there anything I could do differently. There’s always room to improve.”

The next of the Irish athletes to compete is Shauna Bocquet who will make her world championship debut on Wednesday, day 5 of the championships. Bocquet will race in the T54 1500m heat at 10:20am Irish time. This will be the first of three events for the Craughwell native as she also races in the T54 100m and T54 400m later in the week.

 

Day 5 (July 12) Para Athletics World Championships Schedule:

10:20am: T54 1500m Heat 1 – Shauna Bocquet

 

Day 6 (July 13) Para Athletics World Championships Schedule:

08:31am: T54 1500m Final Shauna Bocquet*

20:07pm: T47 400m Heat 1 – Cathal Ryan

 

Day 7 (July 14) Para Athletics World Championships Schedule:

10:37am: T54 100m Heat 1 – Shauna Bocquet

18:29pm: T47 400m Final – Cathal Ryan*

20:23pm: T54 100m Final – Shauna Bocquet*

 

Day 8 (July 15) Para Athletics World Championships Schedule:

10:16am: T54 400m Heat 1 – Shauna Bocquet

18:42pm: T54 400m Final – Shauna Bocquet*

 

Day 10 (July 17) Para Athletics World Championships Schedule:

08:15am: T20 1500m Final – Aaron Shorten

08:35am: F40 Shot Put Final – Mary Fitzgerald

 

*Subject to Qualification

 

Para Athletics World Championships Team Ireland Results

Day 2: Orla Comerford, 100m T13 – Heat 2, 12.14, – 3rd place

Day 3: Greta Streimikyte, 1500m T13 Final, 4:33.27 – 4th place

Day 3: Orla Comerford 100m T13 Final, 12.22 – 4th place

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