Wednesday 18 September 2019

Mayne surges to second swimming bronze

Youth Olympics

Ireland's Molly Mayne. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ireland's Molly Mayne. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Molly Mayne won her second medal of the week at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan yesterday, the Templeogue swimmer finishing third in the girls' 100m breaststroke in 1:09.59.

It was the fourth medal for the Irish team after Mayne's bronze in the 200m breaststroke and Rhasidat Adeleke's two sprint golds on the track. "I came here just wanting PBs and to race my best but to come away with two medals feels so good," said Mayne. "I felt a lot fresher in warm-up today and way more powerful in my stroke. I was expecting a 1:10 or 1:09-high so to do 1:09.5 is amazing."

In athletics, the boys' medley relay of Israel Olatunde (100m), Charles Okafor (200m), Diarmuid O'Connor (300m) and Robert McDonnell (400m) stormed to victory in their heat ahead of Hungary and should hold a strong medal chance in today's final.

Michael Morgan set a PB of 8:48.41 in the 3,000m in sixth, while Emily MacHugh finished 12th in the girls' 5km race walk in 26:26.05. The EYOF concludes today with athletics the sole Irish interest: John Fanning (2,000m steeplechase), Ava O'Connor (1,500m) and Aoife O'Sullivan (high jump final).

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