Bronze for Orla Barry in the discus at the Paralympics

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 10:25

Orla Barry has won Ireland's tenth medal the Paralympic Games
Orla Barry has won Ireland's tenth medal the Paralympic Games

Orla Barry ensured more medal success for Ireland on day six of the Paralympics with a bronze in the discus F57 event.

Earlier on Tuesday, Helen Kearney also claimed bronze in equestrian.

Barry’s first throw of 28.12 was enough to rank her in third position going into the medal throw off.

Barry entered the throwing cage knowing the bronze medal was secured, but could not register a throw further than her first effort.

Ireland's medal haul is now ten - five gold, two silvers and three bronze.

Barry is an amputee from Ladysbridge in Cork. She broke onto the international scene aged just sixteen in 2006, finishing a creditable fifth in the final of the F57 discus at Beijing in 2008.

In 2011, Orla was just outside the medals at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand.

She went on, however, to set a new European discus record and won gold at last year's IPC European Championships.

Barry said: “I thought with my first throw I might not make it into the final, but it ended up winning me a bronze medal.

"I don’t know how that happened really, but I came here to get on the podium, and I am going back with a bronze medal. I am absolutely delighted.

“It doesn’t matter that it wasn't my best performance, a medal is a medal."

“It makes up for Beijing, I am still learning, I am only 22 and Rio is ahead of me. I’ve gone from fifth to third and if that trend continues, we’re looking at great stuff."

“I tried to go in and put pressure on them.

"I know when I went into my second round I was in third position. I should have relaxed more, but I don’t think I did. But a medal is a medal."