Friday 20 July 2018

Fiona Doyle vows to bounce back stronger after Russian setback

Ireland's Fiona Doyle
Ireland's Fiona Doyle

Mark O'Driscoll

Fiona Doyle says she will come back stronger after the disappointment of her performance in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The Limerick woman, a double breaststroke medallist at the World University Games two weeks ago, missed out on the semi-finals after having to settle for 20th place with a time of 1:07.81 in yesterday's heats.

University of Calgary-based Doyle said: "I'm very disappointed not to make the semis - if I had done the time I did at the World University Games I would have been in the top eight. It's hard to understand why but the only thing I can come up with is that I just got a bit over-excited.

"I had high expectations going into the heats and maybe I was just a bit too excited which led to some mistakes and that cost me but I'll learn from it. It's a hard lesson to learn but it's better learning it now than at the Olympics in Rio next year and the pace is going to be the same as it is here.

"I've also got two more races here, the 200m and 50m breaststroke so I still have plenty to focus on and I want to go in and do myself justice. I've spoken to my coach so I'll be ready to go on Wednesday in the 200m and then the 50m on Saturday where I am ranked ninth fastest."

Ireland's Alex Murphy and Sycerika McMahon are in the pool today in the men's 50m breaststroke and women's 200m freestyle, respectively.

World Championships, live Eurosport 7.15am & 3.15/BBC2 4.00

Irish Independent

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