Irish continue to impress in Athens

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Updated: July 2, 2011

Ireland had another successful day at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens on Friday.

Three medals were secured in the bocce event, with Lisburn’s Simon Darragh and Oliver Magee winning gold medals and Conor Ryan taking bronze in single events.

There were three medals for Ireland in the bowling event. Joyce Haughian and Mary won gold medals, while Paul Bridgman added a silver for Ireland. Jonathan Griffin came fourth in his event and Deirdre Garvin finished seventh.

The equestrian event saw Sally Duffy take the gold medal and Steven Yetman claim silver.

The women’s five-a-side team beat Italy 4-0 to claim the bronze medal. The women’s basketball team also beat Italy, winning by a scoreline of 24-16.

Ireland’s golf team also enjoyed considerable success. Patrick Donnelly took the gold medal in his event, while Kerry’s Michael O’Leary, Meath’s Laura Kelly and Galway’s Denise Flattery won silver medals. Gary Fleming claimed a bronze medal and Stephen Deignan came fifth.

The athletics events saw Martin Mahood win a silver medal in the 800m and Rachel Ryan take the bronze in the women’s 100m.

Jacqueline Gault and Bernadette Kennedy secured two bronze medals for Ireland in the singles badminton.

The kayaking event saw Ruairi O’Toole take silver in the 500m event, with Teresa Maguire securing bronze in the 500m. Shaun Bradley and Celine Mulready came fourth in their respective 500m events.

The first Open Water Swim event to take place at the World Games saw Aisling Beacom take the silver medal, swimming 1.5km in 35 minutes.

There were more medals for Ireland in swimming, as Ciara Trait claimed gold in the 25m freestyle and Joseph Cullen won gold in the 100m individual medley.

Ireland have now won 20 gold, 32 silver and 15 bronze medals at the game so far.

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