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Turner makes fourth successive final in swimming at Rio 2016

posted Sep 15, 2016, 1:03 PM by Amy Allen

Ireland’s teenage swimming sensation Nicole Turner is through to another final after an impressive swim in the morning heats of the S6 400m Freestyle at the Rio Aquatic Centre. On the back of six races already at these Games it was a big ask for the 14-year-old to put in a big performance today, but she did not disappoint, swimming a 1.4 second PB to secure her place the Final.

The Laois Marlins club swimmer touched in a time of 5:51.99 taking over a second off her previous best of 5:53.39 and finishing in fourth place in her heat and sixth overall. She was delighted with the result commenting “I’m really happy with that, I went in and didn’t know if I’d PB. I thought I’d get two or three seconds around it, to get in the Final, I thought it would be a fight, but I’m in it now so I’m really happy. The swim was great, so I’m chuffed with that, hopefully I can come back tonight and give it more.”

Also in action was Ailbhe Kelly, Ailbhe concluded her first Paralympic Games with a fine performance in the S8 100m Backstroke Heats. The 17-year-old, who will turn 18 at the Games Closing Ceremony on Sunday, clocked 1:29.48 to finish sixth in her heat and 16th overall. Kelly has enjoyed her first Games experience and is looking forward to Tokyo 2020: “It’s been amazing, it’s not like anything else, it’s completely different competing on this level to anything including World Championships, it’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to relaxing for the rest of the week now and cheering on the other swimmers in their events. I’m already looking forward (to Tokyo); the last four years have been amazing.”

New Ross swimming club would like to congratulate all of the athletes in Rio, but in particular the swim team, we understand the dedication and talent required to compete at this level. Your skill and speed in the pool has been inspirational... Congratulations. 

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