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Ellen Keane wins gold at the Paralympics

Ellen Keane wins gold at the Paralympics

Ellen Keane has claimed a gold medal for Ireland at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The swimmer came out on top in the SB8 100 breaststroke final.

A time of 1:19.93 saw Keane win the event with a personal best time, beating the personal best of 1:21.71 that she set in the heat yesterday.

Keane's family watched the race together at home in Clontarf and there were joyous scenes as she claimed the victory.

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It's the Dubliner's first Paralympic gold medal.

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Keane's father Eddie spoke to RTร‰ after the race from the front garden of their home surrounded by cheering (and loud) neighbours.

โ€œThis was her second PB (personal best), so we're happy for her. She's worked so hard.โ€

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Taoiseach Micheรกl Martin and Olympic boxing gold medallist Kellie Harrington were among the first to congratulate Keane on her victory.

Earlier, Rรณisรญn Nรญ Riain finished finished sixth in the S13 100 backstroke and claimed a new personal best.

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