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Paralympic final for Nicole Turner following fantastic swim in first race

Portarlington’s Nicole Turner will swim in a Paralympic final later this morning following a brilliant performance.

Just before 2.30am Irish time, Nicole went in the Women’s 50 Freestyle S6 heats.

She finished fifth in her heat and clocked a time of 35.47 which made her the eight fastest swimmer. This was also a new Personal Best for Turner.

This qualified her for the final which will take place at around 10.46am this morning.

Just like the Olympics, RTE are showing live coverage of the Paralympics so you will be able to watch Nicole’s race live.

After this race, Nicole will go on to compete in two further events.

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.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.