Bronze for Keane in Montreal
Updated: Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 12:12
Ellen Keane has picked up her second bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly S9 final on the penultimate day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships.
Keane had already won bronze in the 100m Breaststroke SB8 on Thursday.
The 18-year-old Dubliner had secured her place in the Butterfly final with a heat swim of 1:13.18, just .03 of a second off her lifetime best of 1:13.15, which she swam at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, the time ranking her third overall.
Swimming in Lane 3 in the final, Keane swam a massive personal best taking over 1.5 seconds off her previous best and touched in 1:11.55 to secure the bronze medal ahead of Russia’s Irina Grazhdanova in 1:13.08.
Keane said afterwards: “It feels amazing to end the competition like this, to do such a big personal best after years of Butterfly really hurting it felt so nice, this is unreal, I’m so happy.”
"This is unreal, I’m so happy" - Ellen Keane
Amy Marren of Great Britain was the gold medallist, securing her third World Championship title this week in a time of 1:10.07, while Paralympic Games silver medallist, Spain’s Sarai Gascon, picked up silver once again in 1:10.58.
James Scully was also in finals action, the 200m Freestyle S5 bronze medallist swam the final of the 100m Freestyle finishing 5th overall in a time of 1:24.08, his fastest time in the event this year.
“It’s a good result in terms of ranking and better than my rank in London,” said Scully, “but the times a bit slow, it’s the fastest time I’ve swam this year and there are a few positives to take away from it but I’m disappointed with the time overall.”