Tokyo Paralympic Games: Irish cyclists clinch silver in individual pursuit



Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won cycling silver in Tokyo

Cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won a silver medal for Ireland in the B 3000m individual pursuit at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The duo excelled in their qualifying round to set a new world record of 3: 19.946, which gave them the opportunity to compete for gold in the medal race.

The British duo of Lora Fachie and Corinne Hall immediately broke this record in the last round.

The pairs clashed for gold, with Fachie and Hall in the lead.

The British pair got off to the best start and although Dunlevy and McCrystal managed to bring their rivals back to the middle of the thousand yards, their opponents eventually reestablished their lead before crossing the line to claim gold.

Dunlevy and McCrystal are best known as road racing specialists so this medal on the track was a very pleasant surprise for both of them.

‘In a bit of shock’

“I’m a little in shock, it’s absolutely amazing,” said Dunlevy. “If someone had told me before that I would get a medal in the pursuit, I never would have thought so in my wildest dreams.

“We were hoping to have a good lap and get a record. To get that and a world record, I’m just speechless.”

McCrystal said: “I think we are proud of ourselves, we left nothing to chance, our coach Neill (Delahaye) and Cycling Ireland left nothing to chance. He made sure we got there. here in the best possible shape.

“To get this performance, I just can’t believe it. I’m so proud of Katie and I know she’s proud of me – I’m so glad we did this.”

Taggart loses his first Boccia match

Meanwhile, Larne’s wife Claire Taggart lost her Group C opener in the BC2 Boccia individual competition – losing 2-5 to Argentina’s Luis Cristaldo.

The British prospect led 2-0 after two of four ends before his opponent rebounded.

Taggart’s next group game is against Yongjin Lee of Korea on Sunday.

There are six groups of four, all played in a round robin, with the top eight players of the 24 advancing to the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Irish track and field athlete Greta Streimikyte finished fifth in the T13 1,500m final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The European champion para-athlete was just 3.04 seconds off the podium in 4: 34.82 as Ethiopian Tigist Gezhagn Mengistu won gold ahead of American Liza Corso and Tunisian Somaya Bousaid , who fought for bronze with Streimikyte until the last corner.



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