Para squad savour wonderful medal haul
As the IPC European Championships drew to a close in Grosseto, Italy last night, the Irish para-athletic squad were reflecting on a job well done. The squad returns to Dublin tonight with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the bag, along with a world record, a European record and a number of personal bests.
"It has been a wonderful championships for the team," Para-Athletics team manager James Nolan said. "To travel out with eight athletes - a mixture of established and development athletes - and to return with five podium finishes is exceptional. The manner in which they achieved the performances was even more impressive. Looking ahead to Rio, it is going to be exciting and challenging. There is a lot of competition for selection and with the continued support of Sport Ireland, the IIS and Allianz, this team will make a big impact in Rio and beyond."
Deirdre Mongan got the medal winning under way when she won bronze in the F53/54 Shot Putt final. Noelle Lenihan then struck gold in the F38 Discus final with an incredible throw of 32.14m to set a new world record. Conor McIlveen was sixth in the final of the T38 1,500m, while Dublin's Heather Jameson was out of luck in the T37 Long Jump final.
Orla Barry won gold after an incredible throw of 31.18m in the F57 Discus final. Niamh McCarthy (silver, F40/41 Discus) and Greta Streimikyte (bronze, T13 1,500m) added further medals, with Lorraine Regan fifth in the F56 Javelin final.