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Wheels of success keep turning for Olympic all-rounder

IT WAS her highest honour in a Paralympics career which has spanned 20 years.

But when Catherine Walsh received her silver medal for cycling last Sunday, it was not the first time she had been on the podium.

Ms Walsh, from Swords in Dublin, competed in her first Games in Barcelona in 1992 as a track and field athlete and only turned to cycling relatively recently.

The 34-year-old has been in every Games since and came home with a bronze in the pentathlon in Sydney in 2000.

When asked who her ideal dinner party guests would be, she picked out another Irish sporting star in Ronnie Delany.

The visually impaired athlete only turned her talents to cycling in 2007. On Sunday she reached the peaks of the sport, along with her pilot Fran Meehan, when they clenched silver in the final of the 3km individual pursuit.

Last week, she declared the London Paralympics as "up there with the best" of the six that she has been to.

Like many of the athletes, she has a number of different competitions on her plate.

Today she will take part in the individual time trial, while on Saturday she competes in the individual road race.

Just before she clinched silver last weekend, her first medal in 12 years, she told the Irish Independent: "I am taking my time." It appears her time has now come.

Irish Independent