Friday, September 12, 2008

Paralympics: Day 6

A 1-1l draw for the Irish 7-a-side football team against Great Britain today means that they finish third in their pool and now face a classification match against hosts China on Sunday. Should they win that tie, they will progress to the 5th/6th play-offs, guaranteeing an improved world ranking.
In sweltering conditions at the Olympic Hockey Field, both goals came in the second half, with Joe Markey scoring just five minutes into the half. Four minute later GB equalised.
Swimmer Hannah Clarke SB5 finished fifth in the first heat of the 100m breaststroke, taking ten seconds off her previous best in a new Irish record of 2:06.33 and missing out on a place in the final by four hundredths of a second.
Stephen Campbell S11 finished sixth in the third heat of the 100m freestyle (S11 Class) which put him 15th overall.
Archer Sean Heary's great run ended when he lost to Switzerland’s Philippe Horner 99-113 in the last eight of the compound open class.
All four Irish bikes were competing in the 24.8km time trial event at the stunning Ming Toom Reservoir venue. Enda Smyth CP4 was first up, finishing ninth in 41:24.28. Cathal Miller LC1 also finished ninth with a time of 36.33.95.
Catherine Walsh, with sighted pilot rider Joanna Hickey (B&VI Class), finished seventh with a time of 40.09.67 while Michael Delaney, with sighted pilot rider David Peelo, was 18th in 36.26.54.

* World champion Jason Smyth runs in the T13 100m heats tomorrow. Assuming he qualifies, Smyth will race in the T13 100m final tomorrow evening.

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