Niamh McCarthy sealed a memorable week for the Irish at the Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin yesterday, the 24-year-old thrower setting a championship record of 31.76m to take gold in the F41 discus.

It was Ireland‘s sixth gold medal of the championships, their ninth overall, and the Cork woman delivered the ideal climax with a dominant performance. McCarthy entered the event as the overwhelming favourite, having won silver at the Paralympic Games in 2016.

She proved a class apart from the outset, throwing 28.88m in the first round, a mark which would have been good enough for gold by seven metres. In the fifth round she threw a championship record of 31.05m and went bigger again with her final effort of 31.76m. Poland‘s Renata Sliwinska was next best with 21.54m.

The Irish team will arrive home at 12.30pm today at Dublin airport‘s terminal two.

Elsewhere, local favourite Kevin Maunsell claimed victory at the Boston Scientific Half Marathon in Clonmel, clocking 67:14 to come home well clear of William Stephens (71:47) and John Shine (73:11). Dundrum‘s Linda Grogan was the first woman home in 1:28:27.

In other news, the Antrim International Cross-Country will have a new home in 2019, re-locating from Greenmount to Dundonald‘s Billy Neill Centre in Down.

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