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Ellen Keane records personal best to finish fifth in 200m final

The Team Ireland swimmer has already claimed gold at these Paralympic Games.

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 1:11 PM

ellen-keane-celebrates-winning-a-gold-medal Dubliner Ellen Keane. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

IRELAND’S ELLEN KEANE has finished fifth in the SM9 200m Individual Medley final at the Paralympic Games. 

The Dublin swimmer, who clinched gold in the SB8 100m breaststroke final in Tokyo six days ago, produced a personal best time of 2:38.64 in Lane 1 to claim joint-fifth with Summer Schmit of the USA. 

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe took the gold medal ahead of Zsofia Konkoly (Hungary) and Nuria Marques Soto (Spain). 

“I hadn’t really reflected that much on it, after my breaststroke it was just a whirlwind, I knew I wanted to swim well in my IM so I was just trying to get focused and not get too caught up in it but even now I can feel the emotions creeping in so yeah it’s been a great games,” said Keane.

“I really want to say a big thank you to everyone at home who has cheered me on and cheered the whole team on and I just want to give a special mention to my team-mate Patrick (Flanagan) who hasn’t started his games yet so he is in the pool tomorrow and I hope everyone will cheer him on for his 400 tomorrow and 100 backstroke the next day.”

Elsewhere, 16-year-old Róisín Ní Riain clocked a personal best time of 1:20.34 to finish seventh in the SB13 100m breaststroke.

The Limerick teenager has enjoyed a hugely impressive first Paralympic Games and will have her sights set on a medal in Paris in three years’ time. 

Gold went to Elena Krawzow of Germany, with Team GB’s Rebecca Redfern second and US swimmer Colleen Young finishing third. 

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“I’m very pleased with that race, it was faster than this morning, another PB so I can’t complain about that and I’m very happy,” Ní Riain said.

“Looking back I think it’s been amazing, I’ve loved every minute of it and tried to take it all in, and overall it’s been a pretty amazing experience you know, to be part of the Paralympic Games.”

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