Ireland's medal haul continues to grow at the IPC European Championships in Italy

The team won silver and bronze medals on Wednesday

BY Newstalk 09:40 Thursday 16 June 2016, 9:40 16 Jun 2016

Niamh McCarthy. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Wednesday was another hugely successful day for the Irish para-athletics squad at the 2016 IPC  Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy as Niamh McCarthy won a silver medal in the F40/41 Discus final and Greta Streimikyte won bronze in the T13 1,500m final. 

An extremely focused performance from Cork athlete McCarthy saw her set a new F41 European Record and Personal Best early on with a distance of 25.45m, before going on to break this record on her third throw with a distance of 27.05m. 

In what was a mixed class event (F40 and F41) McCarthy was pipped to the gold medal by F40 Polish athlete Renata Sliwinska who won the event on points. 

"That was absolutely stunning," said an almost speechless National Throws Coach, Dave Sweeny. "A truly stunning performance from Niamh. She smashed her PB to smithereens, and it really was unfortunate that she lost out on gold by points in the mixed class event.

"She is thrilled now to have thrown so well, and remained focused throughout. It was an absolutely incredible performance and moves her well up the world rankings. We've had a fantastic few days now with everyone throwing extremely well. They all did really well in Doha at the World Championships and have all moved up a level again from that, it’s been amazing to watch.”

Elsewhere, T13 athlete Greta Streimikyte also made the podium on her European Championship debut when she secured bronze in the final of the T13 1,500m. Streimikyte finished in a fantastic time of 4.54.25 to scoop bronze behind Russia's Elena Pautova in first, and Spain's Izaskum in second.

The brilliant performances today marked Ireland's fourth and fifth medals of the Championships, with Deirdre Mongan winning bronze on Day 1, followed by Cork athletes Noelle Lenihan (who also set a World Record) and Orla Barry each scooping gold on Day 2 and 3 respectively.


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