20 medals for Ireland in Athens

Team Ireland enjoyed a successful day three of competition at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens claiming an impressive 20 medals including 6 Gold Medal.

14 of those medals came in Gymnastics’ where Alan Quinlan, John Michael Gannon and Pauline Gannon produced excellent individual performances to win Gold’s in their sections.

Quinlan from Lisnagry, Co Limerick won 6 medals including gold and 5 silver medals while Gannon from Offaly claimed 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals for his efforts with Lisburn woman Connell winning 2 gold and 3 Silvers.

The day had started brightly for the Irish with Mayo’s Deirdre Gannon and Mary Quigley from Tullow, Co. Carlow winning silver in the Women’s doubles bowling event. They were followed shortly afterwards by Joyce Haughian from Warrenpoint, Co. Down and Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris, Co. Mayo who also won silver in a different category of the Women’s doubles bowling event

In the Pool, Dublin woman Lorraine O’ Halloran scooped gold in the 100m freestyle whilst setting a new personal best time in the race. Fellow Dubliner Mary Gavin won her second medal of the Games, a silver medal in the 100m freestyle while Peter Oxley from Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath set a personal best time while coming fourth in the 100m freestyle.

In Bocce, the Irish Team, made up of Simon Darragh, Oliver Magee, Mary McDermot and Conor Ryan came in fourth position in their competition.

In equestrian, Down man Steven Yetman won bronze in the dressage event while Kildare man Conor MacGerailt took fifth place position in the Prix Caprilli competition – the first time for an Irish athlete to compete in this event.

The men’s five-aside footballer claimed a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in the first stage of this highly competitive competition while in the Women’s event Ireland beat Italy 3-0.

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