Hyland misses out on bronze
Brendan Hyland underlined his potential when he placed fifth in the final of the 200m butterfly at the European Junior Champ-ionships in Antwerp yesterday.
Hyland, from Tallaght, set a new Irish senior record of 1:59.92 -- becoming the first Irishman to dip under the two-minute barrier -- and finished just 0.14 off taking the bronze. Great Britain's Matthew Johnson took gold in 1:58.50.
Hyland, who competes in the 100m butterfly today, said: "I'm really happy with my progress. swimming a 1:59 and only missing out on a medal by 0.14 was a great achievement."
The boys' 4x200m freestyle relay team of Curtis Coulter, David Prendergast and the two Brian O'Sullivans set a new Irish junior record, smashing the previous mark by over 15 seconds when finishing in 7:38.57, which is just 0.12 seconds off the senior best.
Kilkenny's Jane Roberts made the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke, clocking 30.38 to finish 16th overall.