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Saturday 19 April 2014

Swimming: Murphy vows to prove class in Barcelona after near miss

DUBLIN'S Barry Murphy is confident that he will do even better in 2013 after just missing out on a place in the final of the 50m breaststroke at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.

Murphy had qualified fourth-fastest on Saturday night with 26.76 but could only manage 26.82 in the semi-finals, which left him 10th place overall, two places shy of the final.

Murphy, who made a final at the European Championships two weeks earlier, said: "Overall I am very pleased with how I performed, considering that I didn't have the best preparation – it was a patch-up job after the Olympics.

"If I had done my Irish record time I would have been in the final, and I know that with a good solid block of training at the NAC with Paul Donovan I'll be able to do some very fast times.

"I know how good I am, I've proved I can mix it with the world's best and my focus is now fully on making the final at the World Long Course Championships in Barcelona next summer.

"I've had a good Europeans and a good World Championships and I know that my best is yet to come.

"It was the right move for me coming back to Dublin from the States. I don't have the same financial burden, and when you're relaxed you always swim better.

"All the top guys were there in Istanbul, so I know what I have to do next summer and I have nothing to fear."

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