Day 5 of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens saw Team Ireland’s winning streak continues with ten medal wins taking their tally to the competition to 44.
There were some fantastic performances in athletics track and field with our athletes securing five medals between them. Martin Mahood from Bangor, Co. Down won silver in the men’s shot put competition.
Amy Quinn from Bray, Co. Wicklow also won silver in the women’s softball throw event while Ciara O’ Loughlin from Inagh, Co. Clare also won silver in the women’s shot put competition.
John McKiernan from Bawnboy, Co. Cavan won bronze in the men’s softball throw event while Gary O’ Brien shot out of the blocks to secure a silver in the men’s 400m event, a personal best for the man from Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.
In equestrian, Conor MacGearailt from Athy, Co. Kildare was the only Irish athlete competing today winning a bronze in the English Equitation event.
In bocce five of our athletes were in action today. Lisa Maher won a bronze medal and Mary McDermott won a silver in the ladies single event.
In the pool it was the turn of Fergal Gregory, the youngest athlete on Team Ireland, to shine, with the Armagh youngster winning gold in the 25 meter butterfly.
Ciaran Mallon from Newry, Co. Down got Team Ireland’s second gold of the day when he came first in the bowling – his second of the Games.
The women’s basketball team had a convincing win over their French counterparts in a game that finished with a score line of 17 – 3.
On the football field, the men’s 11aside team beat Australia 3-2 thanks to a goal from Clare man Michael Neville. Next up for the men is an eagerly anticipated clash with Great Britain on Saturday.
Both the men’s and women’s 5-aside teams were also in action today. The men beating East Timor by two goals to nil, while the women’s team narrowly lost to the host nation Greece.
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