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Murphy: Strong performance

Murphy: Strong performance

Murphy: Strong performance

GRAINNE Murphy held off European junior champion Sycerika McMahon to win gold in the 200m freestyle at the Irish National Championships and Olympic trials in the National Aquatic Centre last night.

Murphy, who had already qualified for London 2012, touched the wall in 2:00.02, while McMahon clocked 2:01.90 before going on to win gold in the 50m breaststroke.

McMahon, seeking to make the Olympics in the 100m breaststroke, the final of which is on Friday, won the 50m breast in 31.50.

One swimmer who is now certain of going to London is northerner Bethany Firth, who qualified for the Paralympics when she touched in 1:08.29 in the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke.

Andrew Meegan once again dominated the 1500m freestyle, winning in 15:55.28, while silver medallist Conor Turner qualified for the European junior championships with 15:56.40. Brendan Gibbons is also on his way to the Euro juniors in the 800m free after a split time of 8:31.04 in the same event.

Galway's David O'Sullivan qualified for the European juniors in the 200m butterfly when he clocked 2:04.71 to win silver behind Niall Wynn of NUIM (2:02.73).

Nicholas Quinn of Castlebar took the men's 50m breaststroke gold, in 29.89, while Kilkenny set a new Irish junior record of 4:04.25 in the 4x100m free relay.

Irish Independent