Murphy misses China target
BARRY MURPHY was left bitterly disappointed after failing to make the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Shanghai.
Murphy, who went into the event seeded 20th, had hoped he would break into the top 16 having already qualified for London 2012 earlier this year, but a longer-than-usual taper going into the championships seemed to backfire as he could only manage 1:02.50 -- almost two seconds slower than his all-time best.
"The whole race just didn't feel very good. I felt low in the water from the start and I didn't have that pop that I usually have. It was pretty disappointing," said Murphy.
National performance director Peter Banks, at poolside in Shanghai, added: "There's no doubt Barry was disappointed. He is going to look back at his taper and maybe it was longer than he needed."
Also in action yesterday was European junior champion Sycerika McMahon, who -- competing in her first World Championships -- finished third in her heat of the 400m freestyle in 4:16.44 for 24th place overall.
Meanwhile, Nuala Murphy took gold in the 800m freestyle at the Irish Open in the National Aquatic Centre last night, winning in 8:50.15 ahead of Niamh O'Sullivan (8:59.90).
There was a Dolphin swimming club one-two in the 200m individual medley with Johnny Quinn taking gold in 2:06.40 ahead of Sean Leahy.