Niamh McCarthy has won the bronze medal in the discus in the F41 category at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.

McCarthy's throw of 29.70 metres in her fourth attempt of the final left her in third and she had a nervy wait to hang on to the medal.    

The Bandon athlete watched on as six competitors tried to better her effort, but failed to do so. 

Raoua Tlili of Tunisia claimed gold with an effort of 34.48m, while Morocco's Youssra Karim took silver thanks to registering 33.59m. 

It's a third World medal for McCarthy following bronze in Doha in 2015 and silver in London two years ago.

She also claimed silver at the 2016 Paralympics and became European champion last year. 

The result qualifies Ireland for the a place in the event at the Paralympics in Tokyo next year, with McCarthy almost certain to be offered the spot due to her championship pedigree and strong recent form.

Speaking afterwards, she said: "That was probably one of the hardest competitions I've ever done.

"It’s not something I ever want to do again, but it went my way in the end, so I can only be happy that I’m coming away with a medal." 

Noelle Lenihan finished in fifth place in the F38 category of the same event. 

It took a North American record, a championship record and a world record to deny Lenihan a place on the podium in a ultra-competitive final. 

Lenihan’s best effort of the day was 31.68m, which was enough to qualify for the final three throws confined to the top eight athletes. However, she was unable to force her way on to the podium. 

Jason Smyth will be back in action on Wednesday when he puts his incredible unbeaten record at World Championships on the line in the heats of the men's 100m T13 event, with the final scheduled for 3.15pm.