Nicole Turner ended the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships on a high for Team Ireland as she captured a bronze medal for her country in the S6 50m Butterfly Final.

Turner went into the race as the fifth-ranked athlete over the distance this year but she defied those odds in a close battle for the podium.

Turner, who had already claimed one bronze this week, finished in a time of 37:18, just two-tenths of a second behind the winner, Ellie Marks, from the USA and just over one-tenth of a second behind the runner-up, Sara Vargas Blanco from Colombia.

“Looking back on Tuesday and today, I came here thinking I’d be in a fight for one medal, never mind bringing home two medals so I am delighted,” she said.

Róisín Ní Riain lost out by the narrowest of margins in a breathtaking Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM13 Final. The Limerick native was within two-hundredths of a second of clinching a third bronze medal at the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira on Saturday.

Ní Riain and the USA swimmer, Gia Pergolini, were too close to separate from the very beginning of the race but with just 50 metres to go Róisín finally got herself ahead of the American swimmer only to see that lead change hands once more within reach of the end of the race.

American swimmer, Colleen Young, took the gold medal with Italian, Gilli Carlotti separating the two Americans in second place. Ní Riain recorded a time of 2:31.89 which was just outside the bronze medal time of 2:31.75.

Earlier, Ellen Keane showed all of her experience to stage a dramatic comeback over the final 50 metres of her SB8 100m Breaststroke Final to clinch a silver medal in an incredibly competitive World Championships Final in Madeira.

Keane, who qualified in first place for the final raced out of lane 4 and she took over a second off that morning time to win her silver medal.

Her battle with Spain’s Dmytriv Dmytriv was a contest right up until the final stroke as Keane finished just 8 tenths of a second behind the Spaniard and less than seven-tenths of a second ahead of Katarina Roxon from Canada.

“Coming here I just wanted to do my best, the fastest I’ve swam all year was a 1:26, I wasn’t even expecting to go a 1:22 and I’m delighted with that.”

The team returned to Dublin Airport yesterday and our three medal winners are pictured above.



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