McCarthy signs off with another gold and record
Ten athletes, nine medals, six of them gold – by any standards a remarkable measure of success for the Irish team at the European Para-Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Niamh McCarthy wrapped up the last day of competition by winning that sixth gold medal in the women’s F41 discus, twice improving the European Championship record in the process with a best of 31.76 metres.
Two years out from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, it all augers extremely well: McCarthy defended the title won two years ago, adding to the double sprint gold of Jason Smyth, Noelle Lenihan and Orla Barry also defending their discus titles, with Greta Streimikyte also wining winning gold in the T13 1,500m.
McCarthy put all her experience to use over her six throws, leading from her first effort until her last. Her shortest throw was 28.88m, still over seven metres clear of Renata Sliwinska from Poland who claimed the silver medal, while McCarthy threw 31.05m, a championship record, on her fifth attempt, which she broke with her final effort of 31:76 metres.
Ireland’s Niamh McCarthy competing in the F41 discus.