Ailbhe Kelly feels today's heat will be of massive benefit to her before her strongest events

Team Ireland swimmer was taking part in the 400 metre freestyle

Paralympic Games

General view of the Swimming Pool at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at the Maracana, Brazil. Picture by: Andrew Matthews / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ailbhe Kelly says she is reasonably satisfied with her 400 metre freestyle especially as it isn't her main event.

Speaking to Newstalk Sports' Oisin Langan after a 7th place finish in her heat, she was also enthused by the venue.

"I really enjoyed it. It's completely different to any place I've raced in before. It's an incredible facility and incredible atmosphere. I was a bit off my PB so I was disappointed with that. But I went as fast as I could and gave it everything and I had no energy at the end of the race. If that's the best I could today then I'm happy with that," she said. 

She will be back in the pool on Sunday in the 100 metres freestyle but her main event is the backstroke which takes place on Tuesday.

"I will be a lot more calm going into my next few races having gone through that today. I know what's what and I know how everything's going to work. I was very nervous coming into that race, just because it's my first ever race in the Paralympic Games. But I think having that under my belt now will be a big aid to me in my next few races," she said.