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Paralympic Breakfast: Turner targets another final while Brannigan to star on the track

Six Irish athletes are in action in Rio today.

Think of this slot as your balanced nutritional start to propel you through an intense sporting day ahead.

(All times are Irish, no gloating about your exotic location allowed)

Flying The Irish Flag

Nicole Turner Nicole Turner in action in Rio. Source: Dan Behr

Teen sensation Nicole Turner is back in the pool again today having competed in her third Paralympic final last night in the 200m individual medley. Today, the 14-year-old Laois starlet turns her attention to the S6 400m freestyle heats (13.48), her fourth of six events in total, where she will be hoping to qualify for tonight’s final (21.30).

Ailbhe Kelly, 17, is another teen swimmer competing in multiple events at her first Games. Dubliner Kelly will line out in the heats of the S8 100m backstroke at 15.16. It’s her final event, of three, at the Games and she will also be hoping to qualify for tonight’s final (23.50).

Today is the day Dungannon man Phillip Eaglesham has been waiting for as he makes his Paralympics bow in shooting. The 34-year-old will compete in the mixed 10m rifle prone qualifiers from 5pm, with the final of the event scheduled for 7.15pm tonight.

The trio of John Twomey, Ian Costello and Austin O’Carroll will be contesting races 3 and 4 in the sonar sailing. Twomey, who is competing in his 11th Paralympic Games and carried the Irish flag for the opening ceremony, is from Kinsale while Costello hails from Killorglin, Co Kerry and O’Carroll from Dublin. The trio will be hoping to move up the standings today as they currently sit in 14th position overall.

The Best Of The Rest

American Mikey Brannigan will be attracting plenty of attention in the men’s 1500m T20 having smashed his personal best by five seconds just last month. He takes to the track at 2.55pm and the 19-year-old is fancied to take gold. Brannigan, 19, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old and ran a sub-four-minute mile earlier this year.

This Should Be Good Too…

We’ve been enjoying goalball at The42‘s HQ and there’s a double helping in store today with Canada v Sweden in the men’s draw (18.15) and Canada v Australia in the group stages of the women’s competition (19.30). Wheelchair tennis and wheelchair fencing should also be worth your attention.

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