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Keane and Turner into Para finals
14 Jul 2015 14:02
Irish swimmers Ellen Keane and Nicole Turner both swam lifetime bests in the morning heats of their respective 100m breaststroke events at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Glasgow today to qualify for tonight’s finals. Thirteen-year-old Turner was first up in the heats of the SB6 100m breaststroke and showed no sign of fatigue after her fifth place in last night’s 400m freestyle final.
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The Laois Marlins club swimmer knocked over four seconds off her previous best in this her preferred event of the six she is contesting this week. She finished fifth in a time of 1:48.24 securing a berth in her second World Championship final in the space of as many days. Keane was the second Irish swimmer racing this morning and also produced a lifetime best performance, impressively winning the second heat of the SB8 100m breaststroke in 1:22.97, shaving two hundredths of a second off the previous time she set at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Great Britain’s Clare Cashmore, reigning European Champion, won the first heat in a time of 1:21.76, Double Paralympic champion Russian Olesia Vladykina looked very comfortable finishing behind Keane to book her spot in the final.
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This is Dubliner Keane’s leading event and she will be hopeful of challenging for a place on the podium after this morning’s heats. Keane’s final is at 8.49pm with Turner’s preceding that at 6.59pm.
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