Paralympics debutant Richael Timothy set a new personal record in the C1-C3 3000m individual pursuit, where she produced a blistering performance and just narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

The Roscommon woman went out hard from the beginning and kept a steady pace as she bore down on the aero bars before catching her opponent, Yvonne Marzinke, on the third lap.

Her finish of 4:11.69 was a huge 14-second personal best but she just missed out on a place in the final, with an overall finish of ninth place in a race where the world record was broken twice.

"I'm delighted," she told RTÉ Sport afterwards

"I came her to go faster than I ever have and I've gone faster than I ever have before - that's all I can do. I'm delighted to get the first race over and it's an unbelievable experience.

"I thought I was fine but it's the wait before you start. You need to use them (nerves) and once I had the first two laps in me I settled into it. The way it was I could just about see her when she was ahead of me. Catching her obviously meant that I was up, that I was pushing on.

"It's hard to go around them so it's hard to know whether that (the overtake) gave you speed or lost you speed.

"I've been caught in the past but I've never caught anyone, so it's a good thing. It was my goal to get a PB in the first event and push on for everything else.

"I know I can do better than what I've done before."

Reflecting on her support at home she joked: "It's a bit of Roscommon and a bit of Galway to keep everybody happy!

"It's been unbelievable, crazy. All I'm hearing from home is all the different good luck wishes. I'm happy to represent them. To get here after the last four or five years I've had is just brilliant."

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