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Gold for Darragh McDonald in 400m Freestyle S6 at World Championships

Updated: Monday, 12 Aug 2013 23:00 | Comments

Darragh McDonald strikes gold on the opening day for Ireland Bethany Firth has reached the S14 200m freestyle final
Darragh McDonald strikes gold on the opening day for Ireland Bethany Firth has reached the S14 200m freestyle final

Ireland's Darragh McDonald claimed a gold medal in the 400m Freestyle S6 on the first day of the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

McDonald clocked a time of 5:19.23 to finish some 18 seconds ahead of Colombian Nelson Crispin.

Elsewhere, Bethany Firth has reached the final of the S14 200m Freestyle event.

17-year-old Firth, who won 2012 Paralympic gold in the S14 100m backstroke, clocked a time of 2:13.78 en route to winning heat two in Canada.

That was the second fastest heat time and qualifies her for the final, which will take place at 01:32 Irish time on Tuesday morning.

Earlier on Monday, Firth's compatriot Ellen Keane was eliminated from the S9 100m freestyle heats, she finished fifth in her heat in a time of 1:08.57.

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