Medals keep coming in Athens

Team Ireland took their medal tally for the Special Olympics to 67 with yet more strong performances on day 6 in Athens.

In what was a fantastic day for the bocce team all three men’s’ singles events resulted in medals for Ireland. Simon Darragh and Oliver Magee from Lisburn, Co. Antrim won a gold medal each for their efforts while Conor Ryan secured a bronze.

In the singles bowling event, Joyce Haughian and Mary Quigley won gold in their divisions while Paul Bridgman won silver. Jonathon Griffin came fourth in his event while Mayo woman Deirdre Garvin came seventh.

In equestrian, Steven Yetman won silver in the working trials event while Sally Duffy won gold.

The women’s 5-aside team secured bronze in their match against Italy winning by a margin of 4 – 0.

There were plenty of celebrations for the golf team also with Patrick Donnelly winning gold.
Fellow team mates Michael O’Leary, Laura Kelly and Denise Flattery won silver while Gary Fleming won bronze and Stephen Deignan came in fifth place.

In basketball the Irish women’s team overcame Italy by 24 – 16.

In athletics there was a silver medal win for Martin Mahood from in the 800m event and Rachel Ryan won bronze in the 100m women’s event.

In singles badminton there were bronze medal wins for Jacqueline Gault and Bernadette Kennedy

In kayaking Ruairi O’ Toole took silver in the 500m event while Teresa Maguire won bronze in the 500m competition.

Wicklow woman Aisling Beacom took silver in the first Open Water Swim event to take place at a World Games, swimming a distance of 1.5 km in 35 minutes. Also in aquatics Ciara Trait from won gold in the 25m freestyle event while Joseph Cullen won gold in the 100m Individual Medley. will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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