Wednesday 21 February 2018

Doyle's silver boost ahead of Worlds bid

Fiona Doyle's recent form has been outstanding
Fiona Doyle's recent form has been outstanding Newsdesk Newsdesk

Fiona Doyle will head into the World Championships in a fortnight's time in the form of her life.

Doyle yesterday added 50m breaststroke silver to the 100m breast bronze she won at the start of the week in the World University Games in South Korea. The 23-year-old Limerick woman's confidence could not be higher as she looks ahead to the Worlds in Kazan, Russia, where two years ago she also won silver at the University Games.

Swimming in an outside lane and ranked eighth from the semi-finals, Doyle produced an outstanding swim to grab the silver medal in 31.09 seconds. Ukraine's Mariia Liver was the clear winner in 30.73 seconds with bronze going to both Martina Carraro (Italy) and Emma Reaney (USA) in a tied time of 31.11.

Doyle commented: "I'm absolutely delighted, a bit shocked as I haven't been feeling great the past few days, but to add another medal is fantastic for me and for Team Ireland."

Ennis' Chris Bryan will take to the Open Water at Jangseongho Lake Regatta today for the 10K event in which he finished eighth in 2013.

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