Tuesday 27 June 2017

Special Olympics team medal tally now three

Peter Oxley from Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, won a bronze medal in the men's 100m backstroke final. Pictured with Peter is his coach Teresa McCabe
Peter Oxley from Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, won a bronze medal in the men's 100m backstroke final. Pictured with Peter is his coach Teresa McCabe
Mary Gavin smiles as she is announced as the silver medal winner

Shane Hickey

ATHLETES from Ireland's Special Olympics team have added two more medals to their trophy cabinet.

There were celebrations in the Irish camp in Athens yesterday as two athletes swam to glory on the second day of the 2011 Special Olympics world summer games.

Mary Gavin from Templeogue in Dublin won a silver medal in the women's 100m backstroke after a race in which she excelled in the final lengths.

Shortly after, Peter Oxley from Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, won a bronze medal in the men's 100m backstroke final.

This brings to three the number of medals the Irish team has won since it arrived in Athens -- all of them in the water.

On Sunday, swimmer Aisling Beacom from Wicklow came third in the 800m freestyle event.

There were roars of approval when yesterday's swimmers won their two accolades with cheers from family members, friends, volunteers and supporters in the audience.

The games got under way on Saturday night with an opening ceremony at the Kallimarmaro stadium.

The events will run until July 4 and will feature 7,500 athletes from 183 countries taking part in 22 sports.

Irish Independent

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