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James Scully claims bronze in the Netherlands

Updated: Monday, 04 Aug 2014 23:01 | Comments

James Scully returns to the pool on Friday
James Scully returns to the pool on Friday

James Scully has secured bronze in the S5 100 metres freestyle on the opening day of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

The Meath man clocked a time of one minute 22.40 seconds.

Spain’s Sebastian Rodriguez won gold, while silver went to Britain’s Andrew Mullen.

Scully admitted after the race: “I’m really happy. It wasn’t the time I wanted, but to secure a medal on the first day is brilliant. This is what it’s all about.

“I’m going to concentrate on my main event now and am looking forward to the 200m freestyle on Friday.”

National Aquatic Centre club swimmer Ailbhe Kelly continued her good form on her senior international debut with another personal best in the S8 100m backstroke final. The 15-year-old, who had swam a lifetime best of 1:29.40 in the heats, bettered that time to clock 1:29.18 in the final as she finished fifth.

Killaloe’s Jonathan McGrath made his first appearance of the championships in the S8 100m backstroke final. The 400m freestyle specialist touched seventh overall in 1:17.48. 

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