Nicole Turner has won silver in the S6 50m butterfly, taking home Ireland's fourth medal of the Paralympic Games.
The 19-year-old from Portarlington, who qualified for the final with the second fastest time, backed up this form, clocking a time of 36.30 in the final to land her spot on the medal podium.
The race was won by the world record holder, China's Yuyan Jiang, with Turner pipping USA's Elizabeth Marks to second spot.
Nicole Turner wins silver medal in the 50m butterfly (S6)! It's Ireland's fourth medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. #rtesport #paralympics #paraswimming https://t.co/fWFiuv09nB pic.twitter.com/jkm2aI8HSt— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 30, 2021
Having finished fifth in the event in 2016, Turner had long been targeting a podium finish in Tokyo, but she anticipated a fight for bronze, a silver was almost beyond her expectations.
"It hasn't sunk in at all," she told RTÉ Sport afterwards. "Looking back on Rio, being so close to that bronze medal, the aim was to get on the podium in Tokyo.
"I never in a million years thought it would be silver. I always thought it would be a fight for bronze.
An overjoyed Nicole Turner was shaking with excitement as she spoke to @Darrenfrehill about her brilliant silver medal swim https://t.co/WnFPRxuuVq #rtesport #paralympics #paraswimming pic.twitter.com/t1l0aTCVo5— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 30, 2021
On Saturday she finished seventh finish in the 100m breaststroke (SB6) final.
It is Ireland's fourth medal of the games, with Turner joining the cycling duo of Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal as silver medalists, with Ellen Keane and Jason Smyth winning gold.
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