Paralympics: Heartbreak for Eilish Byrne who finishes fourth

It was heartbreak for Irish Paralympian Eilish Byrne who narrowly missed out on a medal in the Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test – Grade II in Greenwich Park on Monday Morning.

Byrne riding her horse YOURI scored a superb personal best 75.25% in her favoured event, , placing her 3rd position with one rider to go. However there was heartbreak in Greenwich Park as Angelika Trabert from Germany, the last rider in the event, scored 76.15 to push Bryne down to fourth.

Team Manager Dara Kearney was delighted : “ I am over the moon, Eilish performed for Ireland. She went for it and I could not ask for more. The riding was beautiful. I am so proud of them all. Before competition I asked the to go out and show the world how good you are and let your riding do the talking. That’s what they did.”

After the event Eilish Byrne said: “I am absolutely delighted. To be fourth in the world is a magnificent feeling. I was a little nervous initially but once in the arena I didn’t really worry. I was happy and relaxed, lost rhythm a few times but nothing significant. I am not disappointed in any way to finish fourth and I couldn’t asked for anything more from Youri”


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