Friday 15 December 2017

Murphy sights on Berlin after striking gold

Olympian Barry Murphy is targeting more medals at the European Championships in Berlin this summer
Olympian Barry Murphy is targeting more medals at the European Championships in Berlin this summer

Mark O'Driscoll

OLYMPIAN Barry Murphy is targeting more medal success after qualifying for the European Long Course Championships in Berlin this summer at the Dave McCullagh Memorial meet in Bangor.

Murphy clocked the qualifying mark for Berlin in the morning heats of the 50m breaststroke with 28.01 and then went 28.12 to win gold in the final last night.

"The plan was to get the qualification time for the Euros and it's a case of job done. I have five months to plan a programme which will get me up on that podium in Berlin," said Murphy.

In the men's 100m butterfly at NAC Performance Centre, Brendan Hyland was just 0.07 off his Irish senior record with a gold medal-winning time of 54.63.

In the 400m freestyle the top three all finished within 0.46 of each other, Andrew Meegan touching the wall in 4:01.53, ahead of Hyland and Bernard Cahill.

Hannah Miley secured her fifth gold of the meet in the women's 400m freestyle – she had already triumphed in the 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and the 100m butterfly.

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