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26th Aug 2021

Irish swimmer Ellen Keane wins gold for Ireland in the 2020 Paralympic Games

Katy Thornton

The win is Ireland’s first gold of the Games so far

It is an exciting day for Ireland and in particular, for Ellen Keane. The twenty-six year old swimmer from Clontarf won gold in the SB8 100m Breaststroke at the Paralympics today, with a time of 1:19.93, a personal best according to The 42.

This triumphant moment was almost thwarted however. According to RTÉ News, “Keane revealed that not everything went to plan as her goggles filled with water as soon as she dived in” but that “she claimed that she may have been aided by that mishap”. She told RTÉ News that this meant she couldn’t see where the other girls were placing around her.

Keane came ahead of New Zealand swimmer Sarah Pascoe, who placed second, and Russian swimmer Adelina Razetdinova, who placed third.

You can watch the incredible moment she won gold here.

Header image via Instagram/paralympics_ireland

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