McCarthy signs off with an­other gold and record

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - IAN O’RIORDAN

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.

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