Paralympics: Irish In Action On Day Five

Paralympics: Irish In Action On Day Five
By Conor O'Leary

It's been a highly successful Paralympics for the Irish athletes so far through four days of competition - and we're hoping that a busy day on the first Monday will be no different. There are some medals on the line, a chance to get one over on the aul enemy, and the first chance to see some more of our athletes.

Here is the full list of the Irish in action, with all times listed in Irish summer time:

1.30 Sean Baldwin - Shooting, R7 50m rifle 3Positions Qualifier

After seeing Sean in the 10m prone and standing events - he'll get a chance to compete in his favoured distance. There will be three positions - kneeling, standing, and prone. Should he qualify, the men's final will be at 5.30.

2.03 Deirdre Mongan - Shot Put, F53 final

This will be Deirdre's Paralympics debut, and she comes into the event after winning two bronzes in the 2016 Europeans, and the World Championships last year.

3.30 Nicole Turner - Swimming, SM6 200m IM heats

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14-year-old Nicole is the youngest member of Team Ireland. The teenager captured our hearts in the World Championships last year, and will be hoping to repeat her performances again.

Nicole has already reached two finals so far - recording a PB in the 50m butterfly. If she qualifies her final will be tonight at 11.39.

3.54 James Scully - Swimming, S5 50m FS heats

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James has had a brilliant games so far, recording a PB in his preferred distance of 200m in the freestyle final. He's clearly having the time of his life in Rio:

I’m over the moon, 10 out of 10 this is absolutely the pinnacle moment of my career to date. The atmosphere out there, I can’t stress it enough, it will never be matched at another Games, I’m so grateful to Brazil they’ve put on a phenomenal show.

The final, if he qualifies - will be at 28 minutes past midnight overnight tonight.

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5.00 Helen Kearney - Equestrian, Grade 1a Team test

Kearney will be hoping to add to her silver and bronze medals from the London games.

5.30 Sonar Sailors - Sailing

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John Twomey, Austin O’Carroll and Ian Costello are Ireland's crew. Twomey is the skipper from Cork who will be hoping to add to his gold medal from Seoul in 1988. Their first race is at 5.30, and the second is at 7.00;

8.15 Ireland CP Football - Ireland v Great Britain

It's been a tough tournament for the Irish. They fell to the no.1 ranked Ukraine in the first game, and then succumbed to the host nation in the second. Both Brazil and Ukraine have already claimed the quarterfinal spots from this group - but they'll love nothing more than to beat their neighbours in their final outing.

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See Also: 'I Guess I Am Lucky To Have A Disability'

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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