Ellen Keane through to Paralympic finals after her quickest swim 1 month ago

Ellen Keane through to Paralympic finals after her quickest swim

The final takes place this morning.

Irish Paralympian Ellen Keane is through to the SB8 100m breaststroke heat at the Tokyo Paralympic Games after delivering the fastest race of her life in her heat.

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The Irish swimmer secured her place in this morning's final with a time of 1:21:71.

The final event takes place at 11:40 am Irish time.

In her heat, Keane came up against Newe Zealand's Sophie Pascoe and Spain's Marques Soto.

The Irish Paralympian subsequently came out ahead of Pascoe, who is her country's most decorated Paralympian.

After the heat, Ellen said: "The heat was fun.

"I just wanted to get in and swim fast and that’s what I did. Tonight, though, the girls that I swim against are world class so anything can happen tonight in the final."

16 year-old Limerick swimmer Róisín Ní Riain also secured her place in a final after finishing in third place in her SB13 100m heat with a new personal best of 1:09.23.

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After the event, the rising star said: "I’m happy with it, I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever been. It’s a PB, and that’s always good and hopefully I can improve on that this evening."

Image via David Fitzgerald for Sportsfile.