Ireland's Pat O'Leary just missed out on a medal as he paddled his way to a fifth-place finish in the VL3 Va'a final in Tokyo in the early hours of the morning.

Australia's Chris McGrath was an authoritative winner over the 200m course, with the Games debutant clocking a winning time of 50.537 seconds.

There was precious little to separate those immediately in behind, with less than a second separating the next four finishers.

Brazil's Giovane Vieira de Paula seized silver in 52.148, Stuart Wood recorded a time of 52.760 to bag bronze, with O'Leary finishing just behind Khaytmurot Sherkuziev of Uzbekistan in 52.910.

The 48-year-old, who finished ninth in the KL3 and advanced to the final of the VL3 after finishing third in his semi-final, said: "It feels fabulous to have finished fifth. The important thing for me is to get out of me what I have in me and I really don’t think I had another 10th of a second in me.

"There’s no such thing as a perfect race, but on the day, it was as good as I had in me.

"If there are four guys in the world better than me, that’s fine, I’ll take that.

"I knew the shape I was in when I came out here and that’s reflected in my performances so it’s been a really wonderful success for me.

"This competition has also been a great advertisement for para-canoe. All the races have been really tight and you see the spirit of it as well. It’s been fabulous. You just get out there and enjoy it. I smile every time I get on the water and before each race to remind myself that this is what I enjoy."

Elsewhere, Philip Eaglesham finished 15th in the R9 mixed 50m rifle prone at Asaka Shooting Range.

Despite a solid opening of 103.6 in his first round, he was left to rue two rounds in a row where he shot 102, before finishing strongly to record a score of 618.3.