Paralympics: Ellen Keane wins gold medal in breaststroke final

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Paralympics: Ellen Keane Wins Gold Medal In Breaststroke Final
The Dubliner claimed her first Paralympic gold medal. Picture: INPHO
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James Cox

Ellen Keane has claimed a gold medal for Ireland at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Keane came out on top in the SB8 100 breaststroke final.

A time of 1:19.93 saw Keane win the event with a personal best time, beating the personal best of 1:21.71 that she set in the heat yesterday.

Keane's family watched the race together at home in Clontarf and there were joyous scenes as she claimed the victory.

It is the Dubliner's first Paralympic gold medal.

2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Thursday — Swimming, Tokyo Aquatic Centre, Tokyo, Japan 26TH/8/2021 Women’s 100m Breastroke SB8 Final Ireland's Ellen Keane celebrates winning a gold medal ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Keane's father Eddie spoke to RTÉ after the race.

He was speaking from the front garden of their home surrounded by cheering (and loud) neighbours.

She's worked so hard.

He admitted that they had thought another competitor would do better in the race, so they were delighted with Ellen's win.

“This was her second PB (personal best), so we're happy for her. She's worked so hard.”

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Olympic boxing gold medallist Kellie Harrington were among the first to congratulate Keane on her victory.

Earlier, Róisín Ní Riain finished finished sixth in the S13 100 backstroke and claimed a new personal best. — Additional reporting from Vivienne Clarke

 

 

 

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