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Third Paralympic final for Nicole Turner as fast swim sets up real medal chance

Nicole Turner has qualified for her third Paralympic final of the Tokyo games – and is in with a real chance of a first ever medal.

The Portarlington swimmer finished second fastest of all who took part in the heats of the Women’s 50m S6 Butterfly this morning.

Her time of 36.54 was only bettered by Jiang Yuyan of China who swam a new world record time of 34.56.

The final is scheduled for 9.57am later this morning and you’ll be able to watch it live on RTE 2.

This will be the third final that the 19-year-old has competed in at the games.

She first took part in the S6 50m Freestyle on Wednesday – finishing in eighth place.

While on Saturday, Nicole finished seventh in the final of the SB6 100m Breaststroke.

The butterfly is Nicole’s specialist event and the teenager has been targeting a medal here since the start.

This will be Nicole’s final time to enter the pool at this Paralympics and she will be hoping to finish on a high.

Meanwhile, Laois’s involvement at the Paralympics will continue in the shape of Portlaoise’s Gary O’Reilly.

The hand-cyclist will compete in the Men’s H5 Time Trial Final in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

And his second event – the Men’s H5 Road Race Final – will take place early on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO – All you need to know as two Laois athletes all set to represent Ireland at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

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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.