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A performance to be proud of as Greta Streimikyte shaves 4 seconds off lifetime best

The DCU student produced another excellent run in Rio.

Image: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

– Ryan Bailey reports from the Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro 

FOR A LARGE part of this T13 1500m Paralympic final, Ireland’s Greta Streimikyte had positioned herself to make a charge for bronze but even a lifetime best wasn’t quite enough to secure a podium finish.

The 21-year-old shaved four seconds off her personal best but was forced to settle for fifth, which was later upgraded to fourth, in a race dominated by two Tunisian athletes, who set an incredibly quick pace from the off.

Streimikyte, who moved to Dublin from Lithuania five years ago, crossed in a time of 4:45.06 but was bumped up a place after the race when officials disqualified Mexico’s Daniela Maldonado.

“To be honest I’m still a little bit in shock because it was a fast race,” she said in the mixed zone.

“I suppose I need time to process what happened and how it all went and all kind of stuff but I can’t complain, I still improved and got my PB and that is great.”

World champion Somaya Bousaid stormed to gold as her team-mate, Najah Chouaya, took silver. The pair came out of the blocks quickly and stormed ahead of the field as two races within the final developed.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Day 3 Source: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Day 3 Source: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Streimikyte was very much in contention for the bronze until the final bend, at which point she had run of out steam after three punishing laps.

“The fast start kind of ruined my tactics but I was thinking after the first run on Thursday that you’re kind of dragging girls but it happened different and the girls dragged me,” she the Clonliffe Harriers athlete continued.

“My idea was to push the girls but they went really fast and I had to actually keep up with them and it was a change of plan but it was a championship race, you just never know. You can have these plans but you just never know.

“I’m happy and you can’t complain. Go home and work harder and yeah maybe I didn’t get the medal this time but that is the good lesson. It’s never too much, you have too work, work, work and work a bit harder.”

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