Friday 9 December 2016

Greta denied medal despite wonder run

Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30

The kyte runner: Greta Streimikyte comes home in fifth place after knocking almost four seconds off her personal best Photo: Sportsfile
The kyte runner: Greta Streimikyte comes home in fifth place after knocking almost four seconds off her personal best Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland's Paralympics odyssey suffered a setback yesterday as running sensation Greta Streimikyte was forced to settle for fifth place - later upgraded to fourth - in the T13 1,500m Paralympic final.

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Despite knocking almost four seconds off her personal best, the 21-year-old's performance wasn't quite enough to secure a podium finish. However, her final time was a groundbreaking 4.45.06. A member of Clonliffe Harriers, she set a new Irish record on her way to the 1,500m showdown, finishing third in her heat in 4.51.75.

The visually-impaired athlete wears the green after moving to Ireland from Lithuania in 2010.

Meanwhile, Irish Paralympic shooter, Sean Baldwin, has finished in 33rd place in qualifying for the 10m rifle prone. He signed for a final total of 624.1, which was a season's best performance.

However, only the top eight shooters progressed. The 10m is not Baldwin's preferred event, but he can now give his full attention to the 50m contest which is held on the outdoor range next week. Sean, who lost a leg in a car crash when serving with the army in Liberia in 2003, was Ireland's first ever Paralympic shooter when competing at London 2012.

There, he scored a new personal best in the 50m rifle prone. The Defence Forces man, who hails from Kildare, has been the Irish champion for the last four years.

Sunday Independent

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