Paralympics Ireland Secures First Tokyo Place

Ireland secured a first formal spot at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo after the qualification of Pat O’Leary from the World Championships of Para Canoeing in Hungary.

Galway based O’Leary, who races in the Va’a Para canoe qualified for the VL3 Men’s 200m by winning his semi final in a time of 49:38. He bettered that performance in the final as he recorded a time of 49:27 to finish in fifth place, two seconds behind the winner; Curtis McGrath, from Australia.

The result means that O’Leary has secured a slot for Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year.

He represented Ireland at the Rio Paralympics, the first time that sport had been included in the Games.

O’Leary is a lecturer in Chemistry at NUI Galway. He lost a knee cap to Cancer at the age of 18 and had his left leg amputated in 2011 after a serious infection.

Team Ireland for the Paralympic Games will be named in July 2020 with the games themselves set to get underway on August 25th 2020.

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