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Athletics: McMahon follows up bronze with spot in 100m final

SYCERIKA McMahon produced another outstanding performance to qualify for the final of the 100m individual medley at the European short course championships in Chartres, France.

Having won bronze in the 50m breaststroke on Thursday, McMahon squeezed into the semi-finals of the 100m IM in 14th place in yesterday morning's heats, clocking 1:02.13 and breaking the Irish senior record of 1:02.18 held by Grainne Murphy.

In the semi-finals, the 17-year-old raised her game to smash her morning time, touching in 1:01.24 to qualify for the final in seventh position.

Swim Ireland High Performance Director Peter Banks said: "This was another very impressive day for Sycerika. Considering she probably hasn't done this event since last year's championships, it was great to see her come up with two Irish records.

""She's had a great championships so far and we are hoping for more of the same over the weekend."

Tallaght and NAC High Performance Centre swimmer Brendan Hyland was also in record-breaking form as he set a new junior standard in the men's 400m individual medley, touching in 4:25.11 and knocking over a second off Shane Aherne's 2005 record.

London Olympian Barry Murphy will be back in action today, swimming in his main event the 50m breaststroke. Murphy, who is the Irish record holder, is ranked 14th going into tomorrow's heats.

Irish Independent