Sarah Jane Johnston wins second World Special Olympics medal

Sarah Jane Johnston celebrates winning bronze in the 100m backstroke
Sarah Jane Johnston celebrates winning bronze in the 100m backstroke

County Armagh swimmer Sarah Jane Johnston has secured a second bronze at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angles.

The 35-year-old from Lurgan followed up her bronze in the 100m backstroke on Sunday by finishing third in the 100m freestyle event.

"I am very happy and proud of my performances and I am really enjoying the World Games," she said.

Sean Coleman and Gary McEnroe have also won medals for Ireland.

Cork man Coleman and Dubliner McEnroe clinched 25m backstroke silver and bronze medals.

The aquatic events are taking place at the University of Southern California.

Johnston competes for the Ripples Special Olympics Club in Portadown while Coleman, 22, hails from Youghal with McEnroe a native of Tallaght in Dublin.

The county Armagh woman is one of 12 Ulster athletes in the 88-strong Ireland team competing in Los Angeles until next Sunday.

Lisburn lad Christopher Kane, 19, is representing Ireland in five-a-side football along with Ballynahinch 20-year-old Peter Fitzpatrick with Newtownabbey woman Carole Catling, 37, aiming for table tennis success.

Belfast woman Kirsty Devlin, 20, will participate in the gymnastics arena along with Letterkenny man Patrick Quinlivan, 32, while another Donegal native Oliver Doherty, 38, will be aiming for golf medals along with Scarva woman Jill Connery, 29, and her playing partner Belfast lady Ursula McDonnell, 71.

The other Ulster hopefuls are 14-year-old county Armagh equestrian competitor Dearbhail Savage plus Coleraine ten-pin bowler Sean Campbell, 30, and Strabane kayak contender Nuala Browne, 38.

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