Monday 18 December 2017

Murphy claims another bronze

Grainne Murphy won her second bronze medal in two days at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Eindhoven yesterday.

The Wexford teenager followed up Friday's fantastic performance in the 800m freestyle to set a new Irish record in the final of the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:02.86.

Melanie Nocher also qualified for the final by being the third fastest qualifier with a time of 4:06.54 seconds, while Murphy was fifth fastest in qualifying of the eight finalists, with a time of 4:06.67.

The Irish girls lined up alongside each other in the final in lanes two and three. Nocher got off to a lightening start to lead in the early stages, but Hungary's Agnes Mutina and Spain's Melanie Costa got ahead to claim the first two places, while Nocher couldn't keep up her early pace.

However, Murphy maintained a solid performance and hung on for bronze behind Mutina, while Nocher finished in fifth.

On Friday, Murphy became only the second Irish swimmer in history to take a European Short Course Swimming Championships medal.

The event was decided by heat times rather than a straight final. Limerick-based Murphy took the bronze behind Italian Frederica Pelligrini and Hungary's Boglarka Kapas. Murphy smashed her own Irish record by 16 seconds in the process.

Sunday Independent

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