Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Gabriel Shelly won Ireland's first medal of the Paralympic Games beating home favourite Yi Wang of China to take a bronze medal in the boccia BC1 class.
In the semei-finals, Shelly, who won gold at the Sydney Games of 2000, had lost 4-1 to long-time rival Antonio Marques of Portugal. However, in the play-off match for bronze, he showed considerable steel to beat Wang 6-2.
Wang had ended Pádraic Moran's hopes in the quarter-final beating the young Irishman in the tie break.
"My team mate Pádraic helped me with the strategy; he gave me ideas about how to play him after yesterday," said Shelly. "He advised me to go long on him so I did and it really worked. I felt strong mentally too."
At the velodrome in Laoshan, Catherine Walsh and her sighted pilot rider Joanna Hickey setting a new Irish record of 3.50.515 in the women's individual pursuit (B&VI Class). Enda Smyth finished seventh in the men's 1km time trial (CP4 Class) with a time of 1.16.074.
In the men's 1km time trial (LC1), Cathal Miller set a new Irish record of 1:11.824, shaving over a second off his previous mark to place seventh.
At the Water Cube, Coalisland's Jonathan Cummings (S6 Class) finished eighth in the final of the men's 100m breaststroke with a new Irish record time of 1:29.26. Ellen Keane, competing in the 100m backstroke (SB8Class) finished sixth in 1:29.72.
Tyrone's Stephen Campbell made his Paralympic debut in the 100m butterfly (S11 Class) heats, finishing 10th in 1.16.28.
Sonar sailors, Paul McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Richard Wheeley finished 13th, 12th & 11th respectively, in races 3, 4 and 5, leaving them 10th overall with six races left. In the Skud 18 class, Amy Kelehan and John Twomey lie 10th overall.
On the athletics track, Irish flag bearer Patrice Dockery finished fifth in the second heat of the 400m (T53 Class) with a time of 1:08.95.
Archer Sean Heary made it through the ranking to face Arenz of Germany in the direct elimination round tomorrow morning.
Kathleen Reynolds lost to Korea's Hyun-Ja Choi 1-3 and to Yenelis Silva of Cuba 2-3 to end her campain in the individual tabel tennis competition. Reynolds will pair up with Eimear Breathnach for the team event on Saturday.

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