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Dublin: 2 °C Saturday 29 February, 2020

'I wasn't expecting it!' - PB at Europeans and Leaving Cert results on the same day

It was a busy morning for Cork’s Sean O’Riordan.

A day to remember: Sean O'Riordan in action.
A day to remember: Sean O'Riordan in action.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

IT WAS A busy morning for Cork swimmer Sean O’Riordan as he had success in the pool at the 2018 European Paraswimming Championships in Dublin and also received his Leaving Cert results.

The 19-year-old from Rochestown is one of the eight-strong Team Ireland competing across the week at the National Aquatic Centre and kicked off proceedings for the Irish swimmers on a high on Day Three.

O’Riordan clocked a time of 2:36.04 — a new PB — in the SM13 200m Individual Medley to finish fifth in his heat and 10th overall.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but that was great,” he smiled afterwards, speaking to Paralympics Ireland. “I was delighted with that now.

“I heard a few shouts (from the home support in the crowd) and it kind of got me going. It’s great to see support out here for the Irish athletes at home.”

Rio 2016 Paralympian Nicole Turner was in action shortly after, finishing second in the 100m Breaststroke heat to qualify for this evening’s final while Barry McClements did likewise in the S9 100m Butterfly

Ellen Keane hits the water tonight in the S9 100m Butterfly final.

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