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Irish team commence World Para Athletics Championships bid

An 11-person strong para athletics team commence their World Para Athletics Championships bid today (November 7) in Dubai.

With places at Tokyo 2020 at stake, competition will be high as the top four finishers automatically qualify a slot for their nation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Derry Track Club’s Conor McIveen will be the only Irish athlete in competition on day one as he competes in the Men’s 400m T38 heats. Conor will be making his debut in these Championships where he will face a fierce battle from his 14 competitors in order to make the final, which takes place on Friday evening, November 15.

Orla Comerford competing in the Women's T13, 100m during the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships. Photo by Luc Percival/Sportsfile

Alex Lee will make Irish Para Sporting history on day two when the Galway man becomes Ireland’s first-ever ‘blade runner’. His first event will be the T64 200m heats and he will be back in action on Sunday when he compete in the 100m heats.

Orla Barry will compete in the discus on Saturday while her fellow discus throwers, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy will compete on Tuesday. Derry Track Club’s Jason Smyth will put his unbeaten record in major championships on the line when the paralympic legend competes in the 100m on Wednesday. On the same day, European bronze medallist, Jordan Lee, will compete in the high jump.

Next Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15, will be busy days for Team Ireland. Making his Championship debut will be City of Lisburn AC’s David Leavy in the Men’s T38 1500m. He will be joined by major World and Olympic star, Michael McKillop (St Malachys AC) in the same category.

Greta Streimikyte will also hope to repeat her European gold medal-winning performance in the women’s 1,500m event on the same day. Mary Fitzgerald has the longest wait of all Irish athletes as she competes on the final day of action in the shot put in what will be her first ever appearance in a major championship.

Streaming will be available via the Pundit Arena Facebook page: https://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2019 

and the following websites:
Channel 4 Parasport: https://paralympics.channel4.com/live/

Olympic Channel: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/events/detail/2019-para-athletics-world-championships-dubai/

Team Ireland World Para Athletics Championships Schedule

Day 1

07/11/2019, Conor McIlveen, T38 400m Heat, 14:52

Day 2

08/11/2019, Alex Lee, T64 200m Heat, 13:21

Day 3

09/11/2019, Orla Barry, F57 Discus Final, 12:57

Day 4

10/11/2019, Alex Lee, T64 100m Heat, 14:23

Day 6

12/11/2019, Noelle Lenihan, F38 Discus Final, 12:00 

12/11/2019, Niamh McCarthy, F41 Discus Final, 14:21

Day 7

13/11/2019, Jason Smyth, T13 100m Heat, 03:38                              

13/11/2019, Jordan Lee, T47 High Jump Final, 12:00

Day 8

14/11/2019, Greta Streimikyte, T13 1500m Final, 04:53

14/11/2019, Michael McKillop, T38 1500m Heat 13:01

14/11/2019, David Leavy, T38 1500m Heat 13:01 

Day 9

15/11/2019, Mary Fitzgerald, F40 Shot Put Final, 13:25

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