Ireland at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Ireland at the
2008 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Ireland.svg
IPC code IRL
NPC Paralympics Ireland
Website www.paralympics.ie
in Beijing
Competitors 45 in 9 sports
Flag bearer Patrice Dockery
Medals
Ranked 36th
Gold
3
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
5
Summer Paralympics appearances

Ireland competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Ireland sent 45 athletes, competing in 9 sports.[1] The country's flagbearer at the Games' opening ceremony was Patrice Dockery.[2]

Medallists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Michael McKillop Athletics Men's 800 m T37
 Gold Jason Smyth Athletics Men's 100 m T13
 Gold Jason Smyth Athletics Men's 200 m T13
 Silver Darragh McDonald Swimming Men's 400 m Freestyle S6
 Bronze Gabriel Shelly Boccia Mixed Individual BC1

Sports[edit]

Archery[edit]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Sean Heary Men's individual compound 652 20  Arenz (GER)
W 108-104
 Go (KOR)
W 113-112
 Horner (SUI)
L 99-113
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Men's track[edit]

Athlete Class Event Heats Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Roy Patrick Guerin T53 100m 16.59 12 Did not advance
Michael McKillop T37 800m N/A 1:59.39 WR 1st, gold medalist(s)
Jason Smyth T13 100m 10.81 WR 1 Q N/A 10.62 WR 1st, gold medalist(s)
200m 21.81 WR 1 Q N/A 21.43 WR 1st, gold medalist(s)

Men's field[edit]

Athlete Class Event Final
Result Points Rank
Eoin Thomas Cleare F32 Shot put 6.11 - 7
Garrett Culliton F33-34/52 Discus throw 17.79 953 5
John McCarthy F32/51 Club throw 19.53 811 11
Discus throw 9.48 966 9

Women's track[edit]

Athlete Class Event Heats Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Patrice Dockery T53 100m 18.90 10 Did not advance
200m 35.38 12 Did not advance
400m 1:08.95 11 Did not advance

Women's field[edit]

Athlete Class Event Final
Result Points Rank
Orla Barry F57-58 Discus throw 27.08 1027 5
Catherine Wayland F32-34/51-53 Discus throw 6.13 1010 6

Boccia[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opponent Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Padraic Moran Mixed individual BC1  Marques (POR) L 2-4 1 Q  Wang Y (CHN)
L 5-6
Did not advance
 Sanders (NZL) W 7-3
 Smith (GBR) W 9-0
 Aandalen (NOR) W 4-2
Gabriel Shelly  Park J S (KOR) L 3-5 1 Q  Vaquerizo (ESP)
W 8-2
 Marques (POR)
L 1-4
 Wang Y (CHN)
W 6-2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
 Richardson (CAN) W 4-2
 Ibarbure (ARG) W 3-2
 Kitani (JPN) W 5-2
Roberta Connolly Mixed individual BC2  Cortez (ARG) L 1-4 3 Did not advance
 Cao (CHN) L 0-5
 Leglice (ARG) W 4-3
Tom Leahy  F Ferreira (POR) W 5-2 4 Did not advance
 Bentley (GBR) L 1-5
 Kainuma (JPN) L 2-4
Roberta Connolly
Tom Leahy
Padraic Moran
Gabriel Shelly
Mixed team BC1-2  Spain (ESP) L 1-12 2 Q  China (CHN)
L 2-12
Did not advance
 Finland (FIN) W 7-3

Cycling[edit]

Men's road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Cathal Gustavus Miller Men's road race LC1/LC2/CP4 DNF
Men's road time trial LC1 36:33.95 9
Enda Smyth Men's road race LC1/LC2/CP4 DNF
Michael Delaney
David Patrick Peelo (pilot)
Men's road race B&VI 1-3 2:29:32 16
Men's road time trial B&VI 1-3 36:26.54 18

Men's track[edit]

Athlete Event Qualification 1st round Final
Time Rank Time Rank Opposition
Time
Rank
Cathal Gustavus Miller Men's individual pursuit LC1 4:53.97 5 Did not advance
Men's time trial LC1 N/A 1:11.82 7
Enda Smyth Men's individual pursuit CP4 3:55.919 7 Did not advance
Men's time trial CP4 N/A 1:16.07 7
Michael Delaney
David Patrick Peelo
Men's individual pursuit B&VI 1-3 4:49.911 13 Did not advance
Men's sprint 11.460 6  Kilpatrick (RSA) /
 Thomson (RSA)
L 0-2 5-8th place matches
 Cowie (CAN) /
 Smibert (CAN)
W 12.145
5
Men's time trial B&VI 1-3 N/A 1:08.593 10

Women's road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Catherine Mary Walsh
Joanna Hickey
Women's road race B&VI 1-3 2:03:14 9
Women's road time trial B&VI 1-3 40:09.67 7

Women's track[edit]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Rank Opposition
Time
Rank
Catherine Mary Walsh
Joanna Hickey (pilot)
Women's individual pursuit B&VI 1-3 3:50.515 5 Did not advance
Women's time trial B&VI 1-3 N/A 1:16.208 7

Equestrian[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Total
Score Rank
Eilish Byrne Youri Mixed individual championship test grade II 62.818 11
Mixed individual freestyle test grade II 65.833 8

Football 7-a-side[edit]

The men's football 7-a-side team didn't win any medals; they were 6th out of 8 teams.

Players[edit]

Tournament[edit]

Ireland  2 - 4  Iran
Ukraine  7 - 0  Ireland
Attendance: 6,763
Ireland  1 - 1  Great Britain
5th-8th place semi-finals
China  1 - 4  Ireland
5th-6th place match
Ireland  2 - 4  Netherlands
Attendance: 7,142
Referee: Kou Yadong (China)

Sailing[edit]

Five Irish athletes competed in the following events in sailing:[3]

  • Two-Person Keelboat - SKUD18
  • Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar

Swimming[edit]

Ireland sent six representatives in swimming, including Dave Malone, Ellen Keane and Darragh McDonald.

Table tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Eimear Breathnach Women's singles C1-2  Pezzutto (ITA)
L 1–3
 Pushpasheva (RUS)
L 1–3
N/A 3 Did not advance
Kathleen Reynolds Women's singles C3  Li Q (CHN)
L 1-3
 Choi H J (KOR)
L 1-3
 Y Silva (CUB)
L 2-3
3 Did not advance
Eimear Breathnach
Kathleen Reynolds
Women's team C1-3 N/A  France (FRA)
L 1-3
Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRISH PARALYMPIC TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 BEIJING GAMES"[permanent dead link], Irish Sports Council, July 2, 2008
  2. ^ "Patrice Dockery announced as Irish team flag bearer for 2008 Paralympic Games" Archived 2010-04-26 at the Wayback Machine., Paralympic Council of Ireland, August 9, 2008
  3. ^ "National Line Up For 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition" Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine., International Association for Disabled Sailing, July 16, 2008

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