The final few days of the Rio Paralympics has come up trumps for Irish atheletes as the team claimed their ninth medal last night when Niamh McCarthy, took the silver medal in the F41 Discus final with a throw of 26.67 meters.The Cork woman McCarthy claimed second place after a throw of 25.36m, only finishing behind Tlili of Tunisia who set a world record of 33.38m.
Speaking to reporters after her medal success a delighted McCarthy said, “I have few words right now. It was a hard competition and I pulled through in the end. I got what I came here for. I wouldn’t change anything in the past few months.”
McCarthy added “I felt guilty wanting the others not to do well but they did throw well – I just threw better. Following my roommate Orla Barry’s success today, I don’t know how we will celebrate but it will be one of the best nights of my life for sure.”