Ukrainian biathlete Anastasiia Laletina was forced to pull out of the middle distance sitting event at the Beijing Winter Paralympics after her father was captured by Russian forces, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian paralympic committee said.
By whatever metric you measure them, this Paralympics delivered. Irish medals arrived in droves – four gold, two silver, one bronze – and the 12-day festival of sport served up its usual blend of heartbreak and heroism, uplifting success stories and cruel defeats, a gushing torrent of sporting greatness with a smattering of controversy. For those whose dreams were shattered, the consolation is it’s only three years – instead of four – until their shot at redemption in Paris, but before we look ahead let’s reflect on the highs and lows of a truly unforgettable Games.
In a busy morning on the penultimate day of competition for Team Ireland at the Paralympic Games there was action at the shooting range, the Olympic Stadium and on the water. Attention will turn back to the Olympic Stadium later as Irish Paralympic legend Michael McKillop competes in the 1500m.
With his seventh Paralympics almost in the books, four as an athlete, three as a coach, Dave Malone is well positioned to know what it takes to strike gold in this realm – he did it himself as a swimmer, at the Sydney 2000 Games, then guided Ellen Keane to realise her dream last week in Tokyo.
Where once a medal had been a formality, with gold a high probability, now things are different. Michael McKillop will go into today’s T38 1500m final at the Paralympics not as the kind of favourite you might expect for a four-time gold medallist.
Forget the motivational slogans about ‘no days off’, the never-not-working nonsense that gets bandied about online to explain the success of sporting greats. For Jason Smyth, the journey to his sixth Paralympic gold was not about brawn but about using his brain.
Orla Comerford competed on the track in the Paralympics on Tuesday and it is a remarkable feat that she did so considering all that went though before she got to Tokyo, including the death of her coach Brian Corcoran earlier this month.
Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have won Ireland's third gold this morning at the Paralympics after obliterating the field in the women's B time trial. Team Ireland had earlier picked up another medal as hand-cyclist Gary O'Reilly took bronze in humid conditions in the men’s H5 time trial.
After the excitement of Jason Smyth's gold medal in the 100m on Sunday, it was back to business for Team Ireland. Three Irish athletes competed in the swimming pool in their heats, all of them making it to their respective finals, with Nicole Turner claiming silver in the S6 50m butterfly, whilst Kerrie Leonard saw her campaign in archery come to an end after a brilliant showing in Tokyo 2020.
Cyclists Eve McCrystal and Katie George Dunlevy have claimed a silver medal for Ireland in the B 3,000m Individual Pursuit track cycling event the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
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