Tuesday 24 October 2017

Swimming: Doyle 'gutted' after finishing gaffe

Mistake costs her bronze in agonising near-miss

Swimming Mark O'Driscoll

FIONA Doyle was left "gutted" when she missed out on another medal at the World University Games in Kazan by a mere one hundredth of a second.

Doyle, who claimed a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke last Friday, looked on course for bronze in the 50m breast final but a misjudgment at the finish cost her bronze, as she clocked 31.40, just 0.01 behind Valentina Artemeva.

Doyle left the pool heartbroken, though she tried to focus on the positives ahead of the World championships in Barcelona in two weeks' time.

"This really stings, I feel gutted. I came so close to another medal. I have to accept that I got my finish wrong and it cost me," she said.

"In a split second I had to make a decision between whether to glide into the wall or take another stroke and went for another stroke, even though part of me was saying 'no don't'. But I did and as soon as I hit the wall I knew I'd missed out on bronze."

"I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel pretty down about coming so close and missing out. It wouldn't hurt as much if it was a case of the Russian being the better swimmer on the day but she wasn't.

"But you know I have to be very pleased with how I have performed overall in these championships.

"I came to get a medal and I did and now I can look ahead to the World Championships in Barcelona with a lot more confidence."

Andrew Meegan finished his campaign at the Games with a swim of 4:34.59 in the 400m individual medley – he looks ahead to joining the Irish team at the US Open in California, from July 30 to August 3.

Meanwhile, Chris Bryan will take to the Open Water in Kazan for his first taste of international action this summer. Bryan, who trains at Swim Ireland's Performance Centre at UL, will compete in the 10K race.

At the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, Emma Reid touched in 2:26.83 to finish eighth overall in the 200m butterfly final while Rachel Bethel placed 11th overall in the 100m freestyle semi-finals in 59.81.

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