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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Paralympians aim for 10 medals in Rio

PARALYMPICS Ireland has set a target of eight to 10 medals for September's games in Rio, writes Cliona Foley.

That is a substantial drop from the record 16 medals our Paralympians won at London 2012, including eight golds.

But CEO Liam Harbison said that retirements and the deletion of some events from the programme mean 10 is a realistic target this time.

"In high performance sport medals, unfortunately, are the main factor we are judged on," he acknowledged.

"In Athens we won four medals, no golds. In Beijing we won five, three gold. Suddenly we had 16 in London where we had targeted 17. That was obviously magnificent but it was exceptional and people need to understand that it is still extremely hard to win medals."

Paralympics Ireland are currently in talks with RTE to try to secure daily television coverage from Rio. The team will be announced on July 5.

Irish Independent

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