Friday, September 12, 2008

Paralympics: Day 5

Archer Sean Heary upset the form book to qualify for the quarter-finals of open compound class.
Heary, ranked 20th after the qualification round, beat Korea's Sung Kil Go, ranked fourth, 113-112. With the score all square at 84-84 going into the fourth and final end, Heary shot 29 out of a possible 30 from his last three arrows. He faces Switzerland’s Philippe Horner in the quarterfinal match.
In the Water Cube today, Ellen Keane SM9 finished sixth with a new Irish record time of 2.47.35, in the 200m Individual Medley. That puts the Dublin teenger tenth overall at her first Paralympics.
Visually impaired swimmer Stephen Campbell from Cookstown, Co Tyrone finished sixth in his 400m Freestyle heat ( S11), knocking six seconds of his PB and setting a new Irish record of 5:28.43,
At the Paralympic sailing venue in Qingdao, Sonar sailors Paul McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Richard Whealey produced the best sailing result for the Irish so far placing fifth in race six to leave them lying 11th overall with five races remaining.
In the Skud 18 class . Amy Kelehan and John Twomey remain tenth overall after another tenth place finish in race six. Races seven and eight were postponed due to lack of wind.
In boccia, the combined BC1-BC2 Irish team of Gay Shelly, Tom Leahy, Bobbie Connolly and Padraic Moran lost 2-12 to home favourites in the quarter-finals.
On the track, Patrice Dockery T53 just missed out on a place in the 100m final when she clocked a time of 18.90. John McCarthy F32/51 was ninth in the discus with a best of 9.48m.

Day 5 Results
Archery (compound)
Seán Heary, Last 16, bt SK Go (Kor) 113-112

Athletics
Patrice Dockery T53, 100m r1 heats, 4th, 18.90; 10th overall. sec.
John McCarthy F32/51, discus, 9th, 9.48m

Boccia
Team BC1/BC2, quarter-final, lost to China 2-12.

Sailing
Scud 18 (Amy Kelehan, John Twomey), race 6, 10th; races 7, 8 postponed; 10th overall.

Sonar (Paul McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Richard Whealey) race 6, 5th; races 7,8 postponed); 11th overall.

Swimming
Ellen Keane SM 9, 200m IM heats, 6th, 2:47.35 (IR); 10th overall.
Stephen Campbell S11, 400m fs heats, 6th, 5:28.43 (IR); 11th overall.

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