Tuesday 27 June 2017

Murphy joins Irish elite with euros medal

Alex Murphy joins joins Andrew Bree, Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon as medallists at these championships
Alex Murphy joins joins Andrew Bree, Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon as medallists at these championships

Alex Murphy joined a select band of Irish swimmers to win a medal at the European Short Course Championships when he took bronze in Netanya, Israel yesterday.

Murphy (20) not only placed third in the 50m breaststroke but also set a new national record, clocking 26.35 in the final, breaking the previous best of Olympian Barry Murphy, 26.38 set in 2013.

The 20-year-old UCD student joined joins Murphy, Andrew Bree, Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon as medallists at these championships and will return to the pool tomorrow in the 100m breaststroke.

Murphy said: "I'm very excited to get on the podium. I have trained and prepared for this chance but it's still a real surprise when it happens. I'd like to thank everyone in swim Ireland and UCD for their support."

Murphy is only one of two Irish swimmers at the championships; Shauna O'Brien will compete in her first race in the 50m Butterfly heats today.

Meanwhile, the national short course championships start tomorrow at the Laganvalley in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

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