Pat O'Leary narrowly missed out on a place in the KL3 200m final today in Tokyo, but he could console himself with a victory in the B final.
The Cork man put in an SB time of 42:203 to finish in fourth place with the top three going through to tomorrow's final. Australia's Dylan Littlehales won the semi in 40:223, ahead of Juan Antonio Valle of Spain and Germany's Tom Kierey.
O'Leary was in the faster semi-final with his time the eighth quickest out of the 12 competitors taking part.
The NUIG chemistry lecturer went on to win the B final, coming home in 42.416, with the VL3 200m semi-finals to come tomorrow.
"The semi-final was tough," O'Leary said afterwards.
"To be fourth when just three went through was difficult but I knew going in I'd have to give everything and still need to be a bit lucky the way the draw had gone. It was probably the tougher of the two semi-finals. That was probably the fastest time I’ve done this year and I was happy that I gave it all I had.
"Then, even though the time in the B final was .2 of a second slower, that was the best race I’d done this year and I’m very happy with that.
"There’s five in my VL3 semi, three to go through and you could probably cover us with a coin going over the line. It would be fabulous to make a final here but what’s important is that what I get out of the race what I want to.
"I know what I’m capable of. I know what it feels like to do a really good run. If I do that and someone’s ahead of me that’s fine. If I do that and people aren’t ahead of me that’ll be even better."
Ultimately Ukraine's Serhii Yemelianov took gold in the A race (40.355) ahead of Leonid Krylov of the Russian Paralympic Federation and Britain's Robert Oliver.
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