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McMahon claims gold

SYCERIKA McMahon yesterday became the second Irish teenager to take gold at the European Junior Championships when she won the 50m breaststroke in Belgrade, following in the footsteps of Grainne Murphy two years ago.

McMahon gave Ireland the perfect start to the championships when she clocked an Irish senior record of 32.00 to finish just ahead of Hungarian Anna Sztankovics.

The Leander swimmer, who won a bronze medal at these championships last year, had shown her intent in the morning heats when she qualified fastest for the semi-finals in 32.40 and then fastest for the final when she set an Irish junior record of 32.05.

McMahon has also qualified for the final of the 200m butterfly today with a personal best time of 2:15.22.

Nicholas Quinn emerged from the heats of the men's 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:21.07 to qualify for the semi-finals, where he then set a PB of 2:19.31, just missing out on the final.

The boys' team of Conor Turner, Luke Campbell, Nicholas Quinn and Philip Duffy set an Irish junior record of 3:35.69 as they finished 15th in the 4x100m freestyle event.

Turner clocked a PB of 4:04.09 in the 400m freestyle, while Jane Roberts knocked almost three seconds off her previous best as she swam the 100m freestyle in 59.71.

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Irish Independent