Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Paralympics: Eilish Byrne narrowly misses out on equestrian medal

There was heartbreak for Armagh’s Eilish Byrne who narrowly missed out on a medal in the Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test — Grade II at Greenwich Park yesterday.

The 47-year-old, on her horse Youri, couldn’t have done anymore as they set a superb personal best score in Byrne’s favoured event of 75.25% and right up until the end it looked like that would be enough to secure the bronze medal.

However it was snatched away by the last rider in the event, who scored 76.15 to push Bryne down to fourth.

Afterwards Byrne, who has spina bifida, said, “I am absolutely delighted. To be fourth in the world is a magnificent feeling. I was a little nervous initially but once in the arena I didn’t really worry. I was happy and relaxed, lost rhythm a few times but nothing significant. I am not disappointed in any way to finish fourth and I couldn’t asked for anything more from Youri.

“I was a little bit nervous but my canter and trot was good. It was really emotional, and for me as I scored a personal best.

Team Manager Dara Kearney was delighted with Eilish, saying: “She went for it and I could not ask for more. The riding was beautiful.”

Meanwhile, Ballykelly sprinter Sally Brown is the only Northern Ireland athlete in action today, competing for Great Britain in this morning’s heats of the T46 100m.

The 17 year-old missed out on the 200m final last weekend and then tweeted, “Devastated about yesterday! Sorry for running terrible, hopefully make you all proud in the 100m on Tuesday!”

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