Sunday 20 April 2014

Ireland's Barry Murphy secures European bronze medal

9 December 2013; Irish swimmers, from left, Brendan Hyland, Shani Stallard, Barry Murphy, Fiona Doyle, and Andrew Meegan, during a Swim Ireland European Short Course Championships photocall. National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Barry Murphy

Ireland's Barry Murphy has secured a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European short course championships in Herning, Denmark.

The Dubliner produced an amazing swim this evening to secure the medal in a time of 26.56.

Murphy qualified for the final as the eight fastest swimmer but improved to take his place on the podium.

Speaking on RTE Radio one this evening, Murphy said: "This is my first medal at a major championships. I've been in this sport a long time and this is what I am in it for.

"I'm over the moon. I sat down with my coach before the final and we came up with a plan and executed the plan as best we could and to get my hand on the wall in third place. I couldn't be happier.

"It came down to hundredths of a second between second, third and fourth so to be on the podium, i'm delighted with."

Fiona Doyle finished in 14th overall in the 100m breaststroke this evening. The Canada-based swimmer was just .4 of a second off making the final.

Andrew Meegan produced a very strong swim this morning to shave 10 seconds off the the Irish national record in the 1,500m freestyle.

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