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Athletics: Murphy and McMahon strike gold

Mark O'Driscoll

Published 17/12/2011 | 05:00

BARRY Murphy and Sycerika McMahon were the outstanding swimmers on the opening night of the Irish short course championships in Lisburn.

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Murphy, who was forced to miss last week's European short course championships in Poland due to illness, returned to the pool and in his first final set a new Irish senior record of 53.34 to win gold in the 100m butterfly. The previous best was Steven McQuillan's 54.06.

London 2012-bound Murphy then went on to win the 50m breaststroke (27.53) and 100m individual medley (55.71), before completing a quartet of gold in the men's 4x50m medley team relay with Aer Lingus. The team of Murphy, Sean O'Brien, Conor Turner and Andrew Meegan, claimed victory in 1:47.42.

"To come to the nationals and set a new Irish record in an event I don't normally do, is very encouraging," the Michigan-based Murphy said. "I feel very good overall with how I have performed and I'm looking forward to the rest of the meet."

European junior champion McMahon lifted three gold medals and all in new Irish-record times.

Northerner McMahon (16) broke her own Irish senior and junior record by a tenth of a second in the 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:07.83 before going on to enjoy a junior record-breaking swim in the 200m butterfly final, touching in 2:13.52.

The hat-trick was sealed when she broke Grainne Murphy's senior 200m individual medley record of 2:12.86, winning in 2:12.41.

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