James Scully secures second bronze medal

Updated: Friday, 08 Aug 2014 21:24 | Comments

James Scully celebrates his medal-winning performance
James Scully celebrates his medal-winning performance

Ireland’s James Scully won his second bronze medal at the Paralympic Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, Holland today.

In an exciting S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle final Scully clinched bronze from Russia’s Roman Zhdanov (2:54.24), who was the fastest qualifier from this morning’s heats.

The 21-year-old’s time of 2:53.13 in the final was a season’s best and just a tenth of a second off his personal best time of 2:53.03, which he swam at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A delighted Scully remarked after the race “I’m absolutely thrilled; two Bronze medals is just brilliant.

"I sat down with my coach earlier and went out to focus on power and rhythm rather than splash and dash for the race, and it worked so well.”

Great Britain’s Andrew Mullen claimed his third gold of the championships in the same race in 2:46.27, holding the European record holder Sebastian Rodriguez of Spain to Silver in 2:47.61.

Racing in her fourth final of the week, Ellen Keane put in an impressive performance in the 200m Individual Medley to take two seconds off her personal best and finish in 2:40.78.

Following three silver medals this week, Great Britain’s Amy Marren picked up her first gold medal in the event winning in 2:35.10.

Laurence McGivern gets his first taste of competition this week when he competes in the S9 100m Backstroke heats in the morning, an event in which he won Bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Canada.

James Scully returns to action in the heats of the S5 50m Freestyle while Ellen Keane will swim the S9 100m Backstroke Final and Ailbhe Kelly will look to add to her string of personal best swims this week in the 100m Freestyle Final.

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