Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Delighted' Noelle Lenihan (15) wins stunning silver at Paralympic World Championships

Noelle Lenihan shows off her silver medal from the discus in Doha
Noelle Lenihan shows off her silver medal from the discus in Doha

Independent.ie Newdesk

IPC Athletics: Fifteen-year-old Noelle Lenihan from Charleville in Co Cork has sensationally won discus silver at the IPC Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Doha.

The teenager, who was making her major championship debut stayed cool under pressure to record a lifetime best throw of 30.68 metres with her first attempt.

She followed this up with another massive lifetime best and new F38 world record of 31.64m with her second throw.

This mark was the best of her six attempts and secured her the silver medal behind F37 reigning Paralympic champion Na Mi of China with a winning mark of 33.59m. Renee-Danielle Foessel took bronze with 30.39m.

Reacting to her medal win Lenihan said: "I got a PB, world record and silver medal in my first major championship. I turn 16 in a few days time so naturally I'm delighted! My dad, who's my coach, and my older siblings are all here in the crowd supporting me which is very special."

Today is set to be the busiest day for the Irish team in Doha, with four athletes.

Throwers Orla Barry and Deirdre Mongan are out first in the morning session in their respective finals, F57 Discus and F53 Shot Put. In the evening session three-time Paralympian wheelchair racer John McCarthy will line up in the heats of the T51m 100m hoping to advance to the final.

Another major championship debutant, Waterford's Hayley Fitzsimons, is in the final of the F40 Shot Put keen to gain valuable experience at this level.

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