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Ireland scoops silver in the discus at the World Para Athletic Championships

Cork native Niamh McCarthy threw a distance of over 26m to win the silver medal.

Image: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

IRELAND HAS WON its first medal at the 2017 World Para Athletic Championships, courtesy of a second-place finish from Niamh McCarthy in the F41 discus.

The Cork native, who also won a silver medal at the Paralympics in Rio, hit a best throw of 26.17m in the fifth round at London Stadium on Saturday.

Earlier this weekend, Michael McKillop booked his place in the final of the T38 800m after winning his heat in unusual circumstances.

Race leader Dixon De Jesus Hooker Velasquez of Columbia, dropped out of the race after the first lap, allowing McKillop push on to take the winning qualifier spot for tomorrow’s final.

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