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Medal number ten: Orla Barry takes bronze in the discus

The Cork native finished with a score of 28.12 in London this evening.

Ireland's Orla Barry during the Women's Discus Throw - F57/58 at the Olympic Stadium.
Ireland's Orla Barry during the Women's Discus Throw - F57/58 at the Olympic Stadium.

Updated at 23.02

ORLA BARRY HAS won bronze in the Women’s Discus Throw – F57/58 Final, taking Ireland’s overall medal tally at the London Paralympics to ten.

Barry’s first throw of 28.12 was enough to rank her in third position going into a medal throw off.

However, the Cork native, with the bronze medal having been secured, could not register a throw further than her initial effort.

Barry emerged on the athletics scene aged 16 in 2006, and finished fifth in the final of the F57 discus at Beijing in 2008.

Algeria’s Nassima Saifi took gold with a F58 Paralympic record of 40.34, while Bulgaria’s Stela Eneva claimed silver with a throw of 36.56.

In 2011, she also narrowly missed out on a medal at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand.

Elsewhere tonight, Ray O’Dwyer finished fifteenth in the final of the F34 Shot Put.

The Kilkenny-born athlete threw 8.86, while Morrocan Azeddine Nouiri ultimately emerged victorius, setting a new world record of 13.10.

Mohsen Kaedi of Iran (12.94) claimed silver at the event, and France’s Thierry Cibone won bronze.

The achievements represent further good news on Day Six for Team Ireland, after Helen Kearney won bronze in the Individual Freestyle Test – Grade Ia earlier today.

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