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Limerick swimmer earns silver in European Open Championships

Róisín Ní Riain after winning silver at the 2024 Para Swimming European Open Championships. Photo: @ParalympicsIRE on X.

Róisín Ní Riain has already secured her place in the 2024 Paris Paralympics.

Róisín Ní Riain won silver in her first swimming final at the 2024 Para Swimming European Open Championships last Sunday.

The University of Limerick student finished the 100-metre butterfly final with a time of 1:06:32, just milliseconds shy of her 1:06:00 personal best.

The swim made her the first Irish competitor on the podium in the competition.

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The Para Swimming European Open Championships are currently taking place in Madeira, Portugal and will run until April 27.

Ní Riain will compete again on Monday at 7.43pm in the 100m breaststroke final, the only Irish competitor swimming that evening.

The 18-year-old has been crucial in securing Ireland’s spot in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games this August. The swimmer won gold and silver at the World Para Swimming Championships in Manchester last July in the S13 category for visually impaired athletes.

She is currently the World Para Swimming Champion in the 100m backstroke and also holds the world record in the 200m backstroke.

She progressed to five finals in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as one of the youngest participants at just sixteen years of age.

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