Irish cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have won the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

They finished second place in the B 3000m Individual Pursuit with a time of 3:21.505.

What a moment in the Izu Velodrome for #TeamIreland #TheNextLevel | #Tokyo2020 | #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/GnadNFczy8

— Paralympics Ireland (@ParalympicsIRE) August 28, 2021

President Higgins congratulated the two cyclists, saying: “My warmest congratulations to Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal who today won silver in the B 3000m Individual Pursuit, adding to their remarkable record when representing Team Ireland.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the two cyclists had made Ireland proud.

A huge congratulations to Eve McCrystal and Katie-George Dunlevy for winning silver 🥈on the cycling track in Tokyo.

You’ve made Ireland very proud – and I wish you every success in your next events! #Paralympics https://t.co/OG39kuBlXQ

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 28, 2021

Eimer Breathnach, President of Paralympics Ireland, says it’s a fantastic achievement.

She said: “Eve and Katie are just phenomenal athletes – I’m totally in awe of the two of them.

“I’ve seen their training schedule so often, and it makes me exhausted just looking at. I’m really delighted for them, and delighted for the whole team that’s out there in Tokyo.”

It’s Team Ireland’s second medal at the Games, after swimmer Ellen Keane won gold in the SB8 100 Breaststroke event on Thursday.

Katie and Even have two more events left during their time in Tokyo.

The Games continue in Tokyo this weekend, with members of Team Ireland due to compete in Equestrian and Athletics events later on Saturday morning.

Main image: Republic of Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal compete in the Women’s B 1000m Time Trial. Picture by: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images

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