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Youngest Irish competitor Heather puts in personal best performances

Published 04/09/2012 | 18:16

Heather Jameson, from Garristown competes in the long jump - T37 final.
Heather Jameson, from Garristown competes in the long jump - T37 final.

THE YOUNGEST member of Team Ireland at the Paralympics is Heather Jameson from Garristown who has completed two of her three events, finishing seventh in both but also recording personal bests in both events.

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The 15-year-old seems undaunted by competing in front of 80,000 people at London's Olympic Stadium and has done what every athleted aims to do by pulling out lifetime best performances on the big stage. Her programme at the Games began with the long-jump in her F37/F38 classification which is for athletes with Cerebral Palsy. She pulled out a jump of 4m 11cm, a personal best which was good enough for her to be placed seventh in the world - a remarkable achievement for the youngest Irish competitor at at the games. Her next event was the 100 metres where she finished seventh in her heat but unfortunately did not makd the final, despite once again, smashing her personal best. She ran 15.08 seconds for the race in the T37 classification and now the Garristown girl's sights are set on the final part of her trio of events, the 200 metre sprint. After her 100m personal best run, Heather said: 'I am delighted to have set a PB this morning. The atmosphere was absolutely incredible. I am going to give it everything in my final event now.'

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