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Friday 19 January 2018

Doyle and Murphy look to set up shot at gold

Fiona Doyle
Fiona Doyle

Mark O'Driscoll

Swimming: Ireland's Fiona Doyle and Barry Murphy today bid to make the finals at the European short course championships in Denmark, WRITES MARK O'DRISCOLL.

Doyle was 18th overall in the 200m breaststroke heats yesterday with a time of 2:26.33 (well outside her 2:24.64 national record) but now the Canada-based swimmer has her main event, the 100m breaststroke.

Dubliner Murphy goes into the 50m breaststroke as one of the fastest in Europe and his target is to at least make the final before aiming to take a medal.

Ulster woman Bethany Carson set her second personal best of the championships when she finished third in her 100m individual medley heat, clocking 1:03.37.

Carson said: "The 100m IM was fun, I haven't swam it in a long time so I was happy with the time I did. I'm now looking forward to the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle. They both went well at Irish Nationals but I know where improvements can be made and I want to go faster for both."

Shani Stallard, also competing in the 100m individual medley, clocked 1:05.07 to finish eighth in Carson's heat.

Brendan Hyland was eighth in his heat of the 400m individual medley with a time of 4.25.53 and he will swim his main event, the 200m butterfly, today.

Irish Independent

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