Thursday 29 September 2016

Fiona Doyle's Olympics end despite superb showing in heat of 200m breaststroke

Published 10/08/2016 | 18:07

10 August 2016; Fiona Doyle of Ireland competes in the heats of the Women's 200m Breaststroke at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
10 August 2016; Fiona Doyle of Ireland competes in the heats of the Women's 200m Breaststroke at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Fiona Doyle's Olympics have come to a heartbreaking end after the Irish swimmer missed out on qualification for the 200m breaststroke semi-final an overall by eight places.

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Doyle, who was eliminated from the 100m equivalent last week, took second this afternoon with a time of  2:29.76 in Heat Two but it it could only secure her 25th place overall, with the cut off being at 16.

Doyle led the race up until the final 50m before being pipped by eventual winner, Argentina’s Julia Sebastian. Doyle would had to have finished almost two seconds faster if she was to reach the semi-finals.

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