Keane Wins Silver for Ireland

18 June 2022; Ellen Keane of Ireland in action during the heats of the 100m breaststroke SB8 class on day seven of the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships at the Complexo de Piscinas Olímpicas do Funchal in Madeira, Portugal. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Ellen Keane showed all of her experience to stage a dramatic comeback over the final 50 metres of her SB8 100m Breaststroke Final to clinch a silver medal in an incredibly competitive World Championships Final in Madeira.

Keane, who qualified in first place for the final raced out of lane 4 and she took over a second off that morning time to win her silver medal. Her battle with Spain’s Dmytriv Dmytriv was contest right up until the final stroke as Keane finished just 8 tenths of a second behind the Spaniard and less than seven tenths of a second ahead of Katarina Roxon from Canada.

Speaking after the race Keane said “Coming here I just wanted to do my best, the fastest I’ve swam all year was a 1:26, I wasn’t even expecting to go a 1:22 and I’m delighted with that.”


Ireland will have further medal hopes this evening as Nicole Turner goes for a gold in the event that earned her a silver at the Tokyo Games, she is due to compete at 7:22 and will be preceded by Róisín Ní Riain who competes in the 200 IM at 6:28pm.


Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships Day 7 Heats Results


Róisín Ní Riain, SM13 200m Individual Medley Final, 18:28

Nicole Turner, S6 50m Butterfly Final, 19:22

Ellen Keane, SB8 100m Breaststroke Final, 1:22.02, 2nd Place *Silver Medal

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