The Cork athlete had a tense wait to find out if her throw of 29.70 metres would be enough to secure the medal but she was not to be denied and can now look forward to picking up her bronze medal today.
McCarthy got her event off to a rocky start when her first three throws, the second of which was ruled out of bounds, fell well short of her own high standards. However, when the lower-ranked athletes were removed from the event Niamh did find her best form and on her 4th throw, she produced the medal-winning 29.7metre effort.
Paralympics Ireland have sent Derek Kinnevey out to Dubai to make sure that news of Irish success is relayed back straight away and new of McCarthy’s medal spread quickly across the news bulletins.
Another benefit of having boots on the ground is the quick turnaround of material for owned and social media, just like this video straight after the win.
It took a World Record, a Championship Record and a North American record to deny Noelle Lenihan a place on the podium in a really tough event in the F38 Women’s Discus Final.
Noelle’s best throw came with her 3rd effort which was a 31:68m but that was not enough for the Cork woman to reach the podium on this occasion. Chinese athlete Mi Na threw a brilliant championship record of 37:50m to take the gold. The remarkable 14 year old South African, Simone Kruger, took silver after throwing a T38 World Record in Noelle’s T38 class and Foessel from Canada took the bronze medal with a throw of 33:37m which was a North American Record.
“I went in as I always do, to compete, but it didn’t go as I would have liked, the sport is growing so much, the competition is getting a lot bigger so you really have to keep up with it.”
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