By Denis J. Croke
PORTARLINGTON’S Nicole Turner got her 2020 Paralympics off to a flying start when she made final with her first swim.
As a world bronze medallist, expectations always follow experienced Portarlington star Turner and she lived up to them with a PB of 35:47 seconds to finish fifth in her S6 50m Freestyle heat and qualifying for the eighth spot for this morning’s final which takes place at 10.46am.
“50m Freestyle is not my main event so I’m racing it to just get the swim in, get the technique right and hopefully do a PB and progress to the final and that’s what I did so I’m really happy,” Nicole said after her race.
“It’s been a long time coming just to get to race again, that really dusted off the cobwebs and we’re all just so grateful to get this chance to compete.”
Nicole will be joined in this morning’s final by 16-year-old Roisin Ni Riain. She finished third in her S13 100m butterfly heat on her Paralympic debut.
Her time of 1:08.18 was almost three seconds faster than her personal best and was good enough to take the last spot for this morning’s final at 11.38am.