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Eighth place and new Personal Best for Nicole Turner in Paralympic 50m Freestyle final

Nicole Turner swam a new Personal Best and finished in eighth place in the Paralympic 50m Freestyle S6 final in Tokyo this morning.

After swimming a Personal Best time to reach this final, the Portarlington swimmer’s time of 35.29 took .18 of a second off the time she swam this morning.

This is not Nicole’s specialist event so to reach a final and swim two new Personal Bests bodes very well for what is to come.

This is far from the end of the road for Turner as she still has two more events to compete in this week.

The 19 year-old will return to the water for the 100m breaststroke on Saturday August 28.

The heats of that event are on 1.07am on Saturday morning followed by a potential final at 9.07am.

Nicole’s specialist event is the 50m Butterfly. The heats of which are on Monday August 30 at 1.42am with a subsequent final at 9.57am.

Portlaoise’s Gary O’Reilly, who is a hand-cyclist, is set to be in action next week.

The 28 year-old takes part in the H-5 category Individual time-trial and road race event across two days, Tuesday August 31 and Wednesday September 1, in Tokyo.

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