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Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE James Brown (left) and Damien Shaw qualified for the Bronze medal ride off earlier today.
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Paralympics 2012: Brown and Shaw make bronze medal ride off, Keane reaches 100m final
Eilish Byrne also put in an encouraging display earlier today.

THERE WAS SOME good news this morning for Team Ireland, with Ellen Keane securing a PB to qualify for tonight’s Women’s 100m Butterfly S9 final, which takes place at 7.30pm.

Following her achievement, Keane said:

“I had a really good fly set yesterday, it put me in a positive mood and positive frame of mind, I just wanted to get out there and get used to racing and it felt really good, hopefully tonight I can get another PB”.

Elsewhere, James Brown and Damien Shaw qualified for the Bronze medal ride off in the Individual Pursuit B paracycling competition at the Velodrome.

The duo recorded a time of 4:25.557, meaning they were the fourth fastest qualifiers, and are set to face Spanish pair Miguel Angel Clemente Solano and Diego Javier Munoz at 4.57pm.

However, James Scully missed out on qualifying for tonight’s 50m Freestyle S5 final, as he was ninth fastest in this morning’s heats, with a time of 38.18 seconds.

Scully at least has the compensation of the 200m Freestyle event to look forward to on Saturday.

“I’ve got the first one over and done with, it felt good and I’m feeling fitter and stronger than ever before, I’ll get in and see what happens,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Eilish Byrne put in an encouraging display, and is currently in fourth place in the Equestrian Team Test – Grade II, with 21 of the 23 riders having performed.

Speaking afterwards, Byrne expressed satisfaction with her performance, saying:

“I felt I dealt with this well. I tried to stay relaxed and dealt with the crowd really well. Overall I am quite pleased.”

Finally, Ronan Rooney lost his opening table tennis match in the Men’s Singles M2 Preliminaries at the ExCel Arena.

Rooney was defeated by Beijing Gold medallist Vincent Boury from France. He is now set to face Slovakia’s Martin Ludrocsky at 6.40pm this evening.

Collated results:


Individual Pursuit B Qualifiers

Qualifiers: 1 K Modra & S McPhee (AUS) 4:18.752, 2. B Lindores & S Finning 4:21.219 (AUS), 3. MA Clemente Solano & DJ Munoz (SPA) 4:24.539. 4. James Brown & Damien Shaw 4:25.557


Women’s 100m Butterfly S9 Heats

Qualifiers: 1. N du Toit (RSA) 1:09.94, 2. E Stone (USA) 1:11.19, 3. S Gascon (SPA) 1:11.45, 5. Ellen Keane (IRL) 1:13.15

Men’s 50m Freestyle S5 Heats

Qualifiers: 1. D Dias (BRA) 33.02, 2. S Rodriguez (SPA) 33.80, 3. R Perkins (USA) 34.16, 9. James Scully (IRL) 38.18


Equestrian Team Test – Grade II (21 of 23 riders)

Ranking: 1. N Baker (GBR) 76.085, 2. L Barwick (CAN) 72.095 3. R Hart (USA) 69.095, 4. P van de Sande (NED) 68.095, 5. Eilish Byrne (IRL) 67.714

Table Tennis:

Men’s Singles M2 Preliminaries

V Boury (FRA) bt Ronan Rooney (IRL) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3

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