Tuesday 6 December 2016

Barry and Mongan revel in Ireland’s bronze age

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

Cork athlete Orla Barry threw a season’s best of 29.82 metres with her second attempt to secure a place on the podium
Cork athlete Orla Barry threw a season’s best of 29.82 metres with her second attempt to secure a place on the podium

Orla Barry and Deirdre Mongan both claimed bronze for Ireland at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha yesterday.

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Cork athlete Barry threw a season’s best of 29.82 metres with her second attempt to secure a place on the podium.

Mongan, meanwhile, saw herself upgraded to bronze following the completion of yesterday’s F53 Shot Putt final.

Following a protest by several nations, including Ireland, the original top two finishers; Stetsyuk of Ukraine, and Nedham of Bahrain were disqualified for illegal throwing action.

Their medals brings Ireland’s total at this championships to six. Mongan, who returned to top-level competition this year following the birth of her daughter in 2014, recorded a best of 4.02m in yesterday’s competition.

“While I was disappointed not to throw closer to my lifetime best of 4.26m achieved earlier this year I really struggled with the heat out there today,” she said.

“I just felt exhausted, in those kinds of temperatures my power is really affected. We had a long wait on the outcome of the protests so when news came through I was just so thrilled; it’s been a long road to get back to this level after having my daughter so to medal is a brilliant feeling.”

Ability

The nature of Mongan’s spinal cord injury affects the ability of her body to regulate her temperature and prevent overheating in such searing conditions.

For Barry, it was her fifth major championship medal in what is already a hugely successful career for the 25-year-old.

“I’m really pleased to make a World Championship podium again,” said Barry, who also won bronze at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

“It’s been a long season so to save my best performance of the year for when it mattered is really satisfying.

“This is such a competitive class so I had to be on top form to be in with a chance; it’s a great feeling.”

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