Limerick's Róísin Ní Riain finished 5th in today's 400m freestyle final at the Paralympics. The 16 year old was swimming in her second final in 48 hours and one more set another PB of 4.44.09. The Limerick student still has two more events to come at the games in Tokyo.
Róísin Ní Riain speaks after her fifth place finish in the women's 400m freestyle final, and she's not done yet with three more events to look forward to. #rtesport #paralympics via @RTEsport pic.twitter.com/uIw5C1oZQb— RTÉ (@rte) August 27, 2021
Róísin Ní Riain has finished fifth in the women's 400m freestyle final. The 16-year-old, who was swimming in her second final in two days, set another personal record. #rtesport #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/TEi5G8JKrq— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 27, 2021
Factfile: ROISIN NI RIAIN
Hometown: Drombanna, Co Limerick. Coach: John Szaranek. Sports classification: S13 Disability Group: Visually impaired. Events: S13 100m Backstroke, S13 100m Butterfly, SB13 100m Breaststroke, S13 50m & 200m Freestyle, SM13 200m Individual Medley (IM)
Roisin, from Limerick Swimming Club, is Paralympic Ireland’s youngest athlete in the Tokyo Paralympics. She announced her arrival on the world stage with a string of impressive swims at the World Para Swimming Series in Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy in late 2020.
She made her championship debut at the European Championships in Madeira in May 2021 where she won a bronze medal in the S13 backstroke in 1:09:37. She also made five other European finals and was fourth in 100m freestyle (1:02.72) and 100m breaststroke PB 1:22.37 where she was just narrowly beaten for a medal.
Other events were 6th in 50m free (28:93), 6th in 100m butterfly 1:11.25 and 400m freestyle final.
Roisin has just completed Transition Year in all-Irish secondary school Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh. She is the eldest in her family and has three younger sisters, including twins.
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