Saturday 3 December 2016

Dunlevy disappointed as Irish come up short

Cathal Dennehy

Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30

Katie-George Dunlevy of Ireland, left, along with her pilot Eve McCrystal. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Katie-George Dunlevy of Ireland, left, along with her pilot Eve McCrystal. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Ireland's tandem pairing of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal came up short in their bid to win a medal in the women's individual pursuit yesterday morning in Rio, their time of 3:33.471 leaving them fifth and 0.173 seconds away from the medal race.

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"We're disappointed," said Dunlevy. "We were here to get in the medal ride-off for gold and silver and we believed we could do it. We were aiming for a personal best, but it wasn't good enough."

The Irish men's pairing of Damien Vereker and Sean Hahessy were also unable to advance to the medal race, finishing eighth in the men's B tandem kilo in a personal best of 1:06.37.

"We got out of the gate cleanly and kept the power on," said Hahessy.

"A minute and six seconds to do 1km; we're pretty happy with that."

Elsewhere, Dublin sprinter Orla Comerford finished eighth in the T13 100m final in 12.87secs, a race won by Ukraine's Leilia Adzhametova in 11.79.

"I knew it wasn't there on the day," said Comerford. "I made it to the final and that was my first goal. This year was tough and I'm so glad to get here."

There was no joy for the Irish in the aquatics centre, with Ellen Keane failing to progress to the final of the SM9 200m individual medley after finishing fourth in 2:41.17.

Keane will be back in action in her favoured event on Wednesday, the SB8 100m breaststroke.

Ailbhe Kelly bowed out after finishing seventh in her heat of the S8 100m freestyle in 1:20.65.

Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan were Ireland's representatives in the para-triathlon, which made its debut at the Games yesterday, finishing eighth overall.

Irish in action

Shooting: R7 50m rifle qualifier (1.30pm): Sean Baldwin

Athletics: F53 shot put final (2.03): Deirdre Mongan

Swimming: SM6 200m IM heats (3.30): Nicole Turner. S5 50m freestyle heats (3.54): James Scully

Equestrian: Grade 1a team test (5.0): Helen Kearney

Shooting: R7 50m rifle final (5.30): S Baldwin

Sailing: Race 1 (5.35)

Sailing: Race 2 (7.0)

Soccer: Ireland v Great Britain (8.15)

Swimming: SM6 200m IM final (10.39): N Turner. S5 50m freestyle final (12.28am): James Scully

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