Ireland's Greta Streimikyte just missed out on a medal in the T13 1500m final at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

The European champion para-athlete finished fifth in the race, just 3.04 seconds off the podium in a time of 4:34.82.

Ethiopia's Tigist Gezhagn Mengistu took gold ahead of USA's Liza Corso and Tunisia's Somaya Bousaid, who had contended for bronze with Streimikyte for much of the race until the final bend.

Speaking after the race, Streimikyte told RTÉ Sport that her strong start to the race, which saw her hit the front in the first lap, had initially put her in contention for a strong finish.

"On the second lap I got into a comfortable position and I was kind of ready to go but it wasn't enough this time. It wasn't enough," she said.

"I ran better this season so I don't know what happened."

But she added that the humidity was not a factor in missing out on a medal.

"I don't want to blame it on the conditions. We're (in Tokyo) for a while now and I wouldn't blame the conditions," she said.

"I just didn't perform and it's very disappointing. I really hope that next Olympic Games or even coming up to Worlds, I perform better than I did today."

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