McDonald seals bronze
Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00
Ireland's Darragh McDonald has won a bronze medal at the IPC European Swimming Championships, Berlin, in the 400m Freestyle event (Class S6).
A silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games, he finished strongly in a closely fought battle to take third place with a time of 5.15.02.
The race was won by McDonald's old nemesis Anders Olsson in a time of 4.58.17, with Yevhe Bohadayko from the Ukraine in second with a time of 5.09.72.
Dublin's Ellen Keane also raced in the Sunday evening session, finishing sixth in the final of the women's S9 100m freestyle in a new lifetime best, 1.07.82. Spain's Sarai Gascon won in a time of 1.03.53.
Bethany Firth finished in fourth place in the S14 200m freestyle final. In her first major championships, aged just 15, Firth swam a lifetime best of 2.20.33 to finish fourth behind Marlo van der Kulk 2.14.74 (Ned) in first place, Natalie Massey 2.15.03 (Gbr) in second and Magda Toeters 2.16.30 (Ned) in third place.
Elsewhere, James Scully, Jonathan McGrath and Keane all swam lifetime bests. Scully swam 38.26sec in the S5 50m freestyle, McGrath swam 31.37sec in the S8 50m freestyle, while Keane knocked three seconds off her SM9 individual medley personal best clocking a time of 2.41.13.