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Orla Barry secures silver medal at world championships

Ireland now have five medals in total at the event, following the athlete’s triumph in the F57/58 Discus.

Barry has brought Ireland's medal tally to five (file photo).
Barry has brought Ireland's medal tally to five (file photo).

IRELAND’S ORLA BARRY has secured a silver medal at the IPC World Athletics Championships in the F57/58 Discus in Lyon today.

Barry broke the world record for the F57 classification with her final throw of 31.08, increasing Ireland’s medal tally at the event to five in the process.

However, despite earning 1002 points in total, she had to settle for second place, finishing behind Algeria’s Nassima Saifi, who secured a total score of 1031 points.

Following the event, the Cork native said she was thoroughly satisfied with her performance, explaining: “I did what I came to do. I broke the world record and I’m delighted to be going home with a silver medal.”

Head of Irish Paralympic Athletics, James Nolan, added: “Orla’s performances all year have been very consistent and regularly over 30m. She has now produced a 31m plus throw and the world record at the major championships, which is three metres further than her throw last year to win bronze at the Paralympic Games.

“The Algerian had to throw a world record to beat her. Silver is excellent and another step forward for Orla.”

In addition to the 22-year-old’s success, Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop have already won four gold medals between them at the event.

Meanwhile, Deirdre Mongan has a chance to bring the Irish team’s medal tally to six today, as she competes in the F52/53 Shot Putt Final later this afternoon.

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