Monday 24 July 2017

Ireland's Nicole Turner (14) sets new PB and comes agonisingly close to Paralympic bronze

Nicole Turner of Ireland during a swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Nicole Turner of Ireland during a swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Ireland's youngest Paralympic competitor Nicole Turner has finished in fifth position in tonight's 50m butterfly S6 final in Rio.

The 14-year-old from Portarlington, co Laois, who was the fourth fastest qualifier for the final in a time of 38.44 seconds, produced a terrific performance to finish in a time of 37.31, taking almost a second off her personal best.

Turner was just five-tenths of a second away from a place on the podium.

Ellie Robinson of Great Britain took gold in the event.

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