Helen Kearney wins her second medal at the Paralympic Games

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 10:21

Kearney poses for the cameras with her bronze medal
Kearney poses for the cameras with her bronze medal

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Helen Kearney has added a bronze medal to the silver she won on Sunday by placing third in the para-equestrian individual freestyle test 1a at Greenwich Park on Tuesday

Kearney, aboard Mister Cool, scored 78.450, and was sitting in the silver medal position with just two riders left to compete.

Laurentia Tan from Singapore was the second last competitor to ride and she posted a score of 79.000 to push Kearney into the bronze position. The final rider could not impact on the medal positions.

The gold medal was won by Sophie Christiansen of Great Britain, who took her third gold of the London Paralympic Games with a score of 84.750,

Kearney’s fellow team member Geraldine Savage also occupied a medal position at one point, but was pushed out to fifth. Savage, aboard Blues Tip Top Two, posted a score of 72.300.

"My first Games and three medals, I cannot even put into words how it feels," Kearney said afterwards.

"The team gronze is fantastic. The team worked so hard that it was a great achievement for us all and is testament to all our hard work that we secured the bronze."

Regarding her performance Kearney said: "Mr Cool was much more relaxed today.

"The crowd was louder today and I was conscious of this, but it worked out well.

"We both were relaxed and it showed in the result."