Ireland's Greta Streimikyte eased into the final of the 1500m (T13) at the Tokyo Paralympics after an impressive display in the heats.

Streimikyte was edged out for first place by Ethiopia's Tigist Gezahagn Menigstu, having led the race for the most part while dictating the pace of it.

The Irish runner hit the front early on and looked comfortable setting the pace.

At the half-way mark she was well in control and her fluid running style looked effortless.

When the bell rang for the final lap Streimikyte continued to lead a breakaway pack of four, with the quartet looking almost certain to take up the four qualifying places.

Menigstu, who had kept pace with Streimikyte throughout the race, overtook her in the closing stages but the Irish runner was not too concerned to be passed out, knowing that she was progressing regardless.

Streimikyte finished in a time of 4:45.98 and will go into tomorrow's final with real medal hopes.

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