Saturday 7 December 2019

Swimming: Nocher boosts Olympic hopes with final spot

Mark O'Driscoll

MELANIE NOCHER has given herself a great opportunity to qualify for her second successive Olympic Games by making the final of the 200m backstroke at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

The 24-year-old, who competed in Beijing four years ago, set an Irish senior record of 2:11.68 in semi-finals yesterday, but she must go even faster in tonight's final if she is to make the FINA Olympic 'A' standard of 2:10.84.

Swim Ireland chief Peter Banks is confident that Nocher can join Barry Murphy and Grainne Murphy at London 2012.

Banks is hoping that Sycerika McMahon and Fiona Doyle can push each other on towards Olympic qualification in the 100m breaststroke which starts today when Shani Stallard will also be in action in the breaststroke.

Bethany Carson clocked 28.43, just outside her personal best, as she finished 37th overall in the 50m butterfly, while Karl Burdis finished 28th overall in the 100m backstroke in 56.43. Nuala Murphy was 16th in the 400m individual medley with 4:58.04.

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