Tuesday 17 October 2017

Orla Barry claims silver at IPC World Championships

Team Ireland's Orla Barry, from Ladysbridge, Cork, competing in the Womens Discus Throw F57/58 final where she went on to win a silver medal
Team Ireland's Orla Barry, from Ladysbridge, Cork, competing in the Womens Discus Throw F57/58 final where she went on to win a silver medal

Orla Barry has won a silver medal in the F57/58 women's discus at the IPC World Championship in Lyon, the Cork woman's best ever performance at a major tournament.

Barry, from Ladysbridge in Cork, set a new F57 world record with her final throw but could not overhaul Algerian Nassima Saifi whose world record effort of 42.05m in her F58 class was enough for gold.

Barry was fifth in last year's Paralympics in London and was delighted to make the podium this time around.

“I did what I came to do” said Barry. “I broke the world record and I’m delighted to be going home with a silver medal.”

James Nolan, head of Irish Paralympic Athletics, was effusive in his praise of Ireland’s latest major championship star.

He said: “Orla’s performances all year have been very consistent and regularly over 30m.

"She has now produced a 31m plus throw and the world record at the major championships, which is three metres further than her throw last year to win bronze at the Paralympic Games.

“The Algerian had to throw a world record to beat her. Silver is excellent and another step forward for Orla.”

Barry's silver adds to the double-gold exploits of Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop.

Ireland's Deirdre Mongan was fourth with a personal best of 4.03m in the women's F52/53 shot today in Lyon just missing out on a medal.

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