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