Ireland’s Ellen Keane has won a bronze medal in the SB8 100m breaststroke final in the Paralympic Games at Rio’s Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
Canada's Katarina Roxon justified favouritism as she claimed gold in one minute 19.44 seconds, with silver going the way of Britain’s Claire Cashmore in 1:20.60.
Keane, who found herself fourth at the turn, finished strongly to clock 1:23.07.
Joana Calado of Portugal, who was third at halway, flagged in the closing stages and finished in a tired fifth.
Ellen Keane is a Paralympic Games veteran at just 21. A beaming Keane spoke to RTÉ after winning bronze in the pool. https://t.co/AiKfQ8Wj4n— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 14, 2016
Keane believes her superior technique helped her land a medal in the final and revealed that some wise words from her coaching team after her heat proved invaluable.
The Dubliner won her qualifier on Wednesday morning in 1:23.64, despite her stroke leaving something to be desire.
“My coach and the video analysis guy were just like ‘keep it long and strong - that’s what you’re good at - you’re good at technique, you’re not the fastest, but you’re the strongest’.
“That kind of what I kept focusing on.
“I could see them going and I was like ‘don’t panic, just keep long and strong, long and strong’.”