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Charlie Ryan from Cobh with Mike Keohane from Clonakilty. Pic: Conor McCabe Photography.
Charlie Ryan from Cobh with Mike Keohane from Clonakilty. Pic: Conor McCabe Photography.
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Five-medal haulfor transplantathletes in Spain

TEAM Ireland has been welcomed home from competing at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga, with Cork members of the team picking up 5 medals during the competition. 

With 1000 competitors from 51 countries, every athlete who competes at the Games is an organ donation recipient. 

This year Corkmen Mike Keohane, Rosscarbery, Charlie Ryan, Cobh, Michael Kiely, Mitchelstown, and Pat O’Sullivan, Mallow, took part in the games. 

Liver transplant recipient Mike Keohane from Roscarberry, Cork comfortably won a Silver medal in the 5k Racewalk in the 40-49 years age category with a personal best time of 28.23.

Mike Keohane said:"I'm delighted with this, a personal best of 28.23. Conditions were very tough. I kept a solid pace the whole way through. 18 seconds faster than I achieved at the European Championships in Finland last year.The Hungarian competitor in from of me got a world record. All the training has paid off. I'm lucky to be here and it;s my donor that I have to thank for that. A big thank you to my wife Dee, for her massive support.

Mr Keohane then went on to win a Silver in the Discus event.

Charlie Ryan from Cobh also secured a Bronze medal earlier in the week for the Darts triples event, competing alongside Mr Keohane and Dubliner Lenny Ryan (from Tallaght).

Track and field events also saw Corkman Pat O'Sullivan, Mallow win a Bronze medal in the Long Jump event. 

Mr O'Sullivan said: “The event was tough. I sustained a groin injury while practising for the event but I 'm delighted with how it went. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my donor. It's all thanks to them. I'm thrilled to be going home with a Bronze world medal. I'm loving my first games and the camaraderie between everyone.”