Paralympics Day Seven: Dunlevy and McCrystal defend Gold, Bronze for debutant O'Reilly

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Paralympics Day Seven: Dunlevy And Mccrystal Defend Gold, Bronze For Debutant O'reilly
Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal won Gold in the B Time Trial Final. Photo: Paralympics Ireland Twitter
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Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal have defended their Gold medal from the 2016 Paralympic Games in this morning's B Time Trial Final.

The pair put in an outstanding performance, finishing a minute in the clear of their nearest competitors, Team GB's Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall.

The win adds to Dunlevy and McCrystal's Silver medal in the B 3000m Individual Pursuit on Saturday and brings Team Ireland's Tokyo medal haul to six.

Another medal will also be coming back to Co Laois after Gary O'Reilly took third in the H5 Road Time Trial earlier this morning.

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Racing shortly before 1.30am Irish time, the first-time Paralympian came home in a time of 39:36.46, securing his place on the podium.

Richael Timothy was also in action in the C1-3 Road Time Trial, earning 14th place with a time of 30:55.24.

Making her second appearance at a Paralympic Games, Dublin's Orla Comerford clocked a 12.87 in the T13 100m Heat. Unfortunately, a sub-12:41 time was need to progress to the final, with her time placing her 13th overall.

After her race, Comerford paid tribute to her former coach, Brian Corcoran who died earlier this month.

The 21-year-old said: "I saw him the day I left and I know that he was incredibly proud of me being here and being on the plane [to Tokyo], so for me it was about lining up and being there and I think he was with me every step of the way."

"While I knew I couldn't make him proud with the times and the performance, I hoped that he would be proud of my resilience and my drive to be out there on the starting line," she added.

Competing in the C4 Time Trial Final, Ronan Grimes got his race underway shortly after 6am Irish time, clocking 47:40.06 to claim 6th place.

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