Three medals in three finals for swimmers
Published 28/07/2015 | 02:30
Three finals, and three medals.
Team Ireland got off to the best imaginable start at the Special Olympics World Games as the swim squad exceeded all expectations.
The outdoor pool at the Uytengsu Aquatics Centre in Los Angeles was flanked by a sea of green for the event. Irish fans outnumbered every other country by at least four to one to witness Sean Coleman, Gary McEnroe and Sarah Jane Johnston take to the water.
Coleman (22), from Youghal in Cork, took silver in the 25-metre backstroke, where he faced stiff competition from the Netherlands and Ivory Coast.
He spent most of the race in third place, before just taking silver in the final few metres.
Sean told the Irish Independent: "I'm the most proud I've been in my whole life."
Earlier, Sarah Jane Johnston (35), from Lurgan, Co Armagh, finished third in the 100-metre backstroke.
And Gary McEnroe (24), from Tallaght in Dublin, completed the trio of medals in his 25-metre backstroke race with a bronze medal.
There were up to 300 Irish spectators at the venue in the University of Southern California, including 19 proud members of the Coleman family.