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‘I’ve loved every minute’ – Paralympic silver medallist Niamh McCarthy announces retirement

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Niamh McCarthy in action at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Niamh McCarthy in action at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Niamh McCarthy in action at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Paralympic silver medallist Niamh McCarthy has announced her retirement.

Now is the right time for me to step away from the sport having competed on the biggest stage in Tokyo one last time. I have loved every minute,” said the Carrigaline native.

Having won a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics, McCarthy finished fifth in the F41 discus final in Tokyo.

Her Rio performance was the high point of a distinguished career. She secured the silver medal with her second-last effort thanks to a throw of 26.67m.

She began her career in 2013 and won her first significant medal when securing bronze at the 2015 European championships. She medalled in three successive World championships: silver in 2017, gold in 2018 and bronze in 2019.

She will retire as the reigning European champion after winning the title earlier this year.

Speaking about her career McCarthy said:

“I have made great friends, seen some wonderful places and reached heights that I could only imagine when I turned up to a talent ID day back in 2013.

“I am now going to concentrate on my own life and career away from the throwing circle but I will always have a keen interest and love for Paralympic Sport.”

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