Ellen Keane

22 July 2021; Swimmer Ellen Keane during a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Team Announcement at Abbotstown in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Age: 26
Hometown:  Clontarf, Dublin
Coach: David Malone.
Classification: S8/9
Disability group: Amputee.

Events:SB8 100m Breaststroke, S9 100m Backstroke, SM9 200m Individual Medley (IM).
Personal Bests: 1:22.00, 1:15.44, 2:39.61.
Season Bests: 1:22:21, 1:15:90, 2:40.74.

Ellen, a bronze medallist in Rio 2016, is competing in her fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She is an all-rounder who competed in four events in 2016 but her best events are 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley (IM)

Ellen was aged just 13 when she debuted at Beijing 2008 and finished sixth in the 100m Breaststroke final. In London 2021 she reached three finals and was fifth in the 100m Butterfly.

In Rio 2016 she won bronze in the SB8 100m Breaststroke and reached two other finals – S9 100m Butterfly and S9 100m Backstroke final – and recorded lifetime bests in both.

In 2018, in her home town, Ellen became European champion at SB8 100m Breaststroke and also won bronze in the IM
Ellen has also won four bronze medals at World Championships –  most recently at SB8 100m Breaststroke in 2019 (London) where she was also sixth in the SM9 200mIM final.

Since Rio 2016 Ellen has graduated from DIT with a degree in culinary entrepreneurship from DIT. She trains fulltime at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Abbotstown.

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