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Promising start as Nicole Turner seals personal best time in 50m Freestyle final

“It gets serious from here on,” said Turner, who has preferred events to come later this week.

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NICOLE TURNER MADE a very encouraging start to her Paralympic Games today, recording a personal best time of 35.29 in her S6 50m Freestyle final. 

It was good enough for an eighth-place finish for the Portarlington athlete, who has more favoured events to come later in the week. 

Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko took gold in a time of 33.11. 

“It was a quarter of a second faster than this morning so another PB,” Turner told RTÉ afterwards. “So I am very happy. 

“The aim this morning was to get in the final. To swim in the final and come out with a PB, I’m really happy with that.”  

The 19-year-old’s next outing is the S6 100m Breaststroke on Saturday. “It gets serious from here on,” said Turner. 

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