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Seventh place for Turner in second Paralympic final as preparations continue for her main event

Nicole Turner finished in seventh place in her second Paralympic final of the 2020 Tokyo games.

The Portarlington swimmer’s time of 1.41.62 was slightly slower than what she had managed in the heats.

But it was still almost ten seconds quicker than when she last competed in this event in Rio in 2016.

Nicole qualified for the final following a fantastic performance in her heat earlier in the morning – swimming a personal best of 1.40.82.

This was the second final for Turner who took part in the S6 50m Freestyle on Wednesday – finishing in eighth place.

After this race, Nicole will go on to compete in one further event.

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.