Friday, January 07, 2022

Richael Timothy from Ballymoe represented Ireland at the Paralympic Games in August. Picture: INPHO/Casey B. Gibson


If the Paralympic Games proved anything to Richael Timothy, it was that anything is possible.

In the space of 11 days, the Ballymore woman excelled in the four events she took part in.

She clocked 4:11.69 in the C1-3 3,000m Individual Pursuit, knocking 14 seconds off her previous personal best.

She just missed out on a place in the final, finishing ninth in an event where the top eight competitors qualified for the medal race.

She went on to complete her track programme at the Tokyo velodrome with another top ten finish and her second personal best of the Paralympic Games, clocking 42.485 in the C1-3 500m Time Trial, building up an average speed of 42.3km/hour to finish in 10th place overall.

On the road, the former Roscommon ladies’ footballer finished in 14th place in the Road C1-3 Time Trial in a time of 30:55.24, while she finished in 11th place in the C1-C3 road race in a time of 1:21:22 to round of the Games in a positive frame of mind.

“I didn’t really expect to be here at all. To be here was the goal and to give my all in each event. I can call myself a Paralympian now.

“Three years ago, I was told to find something for myself to do — sport isn’t an option. But I kept pushing it that I wanted sport in my life. That was how I found the para-cycling, and it gave me a purpose to get out and do something and now it is my livelihood,” she reflected.



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