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Burdis books euros berth

SWIMMING: Portmarnock's Karl Burdis turned in an excellent performance at the National Aquatic Centre last night as he qualified for May's European Senior Championships in Hungary, writes mark o'driscoll.

Backstroke specialist Burdis stood out on day two of the Carlton Irish Long Course Championships when he won the 100m backstroke final in 55.90 ahead of Brian O'Sullivan (58.98) and Colm Dowling (59.50).

The 22-year-old, who is based at the NAC High Performance unit, now has his sights on making the London 2012 mark at the European Championships, which are being held in Debrecen.

The women's 100m backstroke title, as expected, went to 2008 Olympian Melanie Nocher in 1:01.92 -- today she will be aiming to hit the London 2012 mark in the 200m backstroke.

One of the performances of the championships so far came from 13-year-old Lydia Kehoe of New Ross, who took the women's 400m individual medley in 5:18.80.

Kehoe held off 16-year-old Dayna Clegg (5:21.94) and 17-year-old Jemma Bingham (5:23.16).

The men's 400m individual medley went to Niall Wynn of NUIM, who touched in 4:32.81, ahead of Aer Lingus' Sean O'Brien (4:34.56).

The final of the women's 50m butterfly served up an exciting battle, with Waterford's 17-year-old Shauna O'Brien (28.29) touching ahead of Sycerika McMahon (28.65). Northern Ireland's Curtis Coulter won the men's title in 25.46.

Irish Independent