Wednesday 21 March 2018

Murphy vows to improve


Mark O'Driscoll

DUBLINER Barry Murphy says he will learn from his mistakes after a disappointing performance at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Murphy clocked 28.13secs in his 50m breaststroke heat to finish 18th overall -- 0.13 away from the top 16 and a place in the semi-finals.

"I don't know what happened. I mustn't have done the right work in the last couple of weeks. It's a shame, because I've worked so hard this year," said Murphy.

"I was slipping a bit in the last five strokes to the wall. Everything else felt alright -- good start, good breakout, good first 25m. I just tied up at the end a bit."

Melanie Nocher finished third in her heat of the 200m freestyle in a personal best of 2:01.33, leaving her 31st overall.

Meanwhile, Michael Phelps was left stunned when beaten by fellow American Ryan Lochte in the 200m freestyle final. Lochte won in 1:44.44, 0.35 ahead of Phelps and 0.44 in front of Germany's Paul Biedermann, the defending champion and world record-holder.

Irish Independent

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