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Swimming: More disappointment for Murphy in Shanghai

GRAINNE MURPHY suffered another World Championships disappointment in Shanghai yesterday when she fell a long way short of making the final of the 800m freestyle.

After posting a time well outside her personal best as she missed out on the final of the 1,500m freestyle -- her signature event -- earlier in the week, the Wexford teenager touched in 8:35.17 in the heats of the shorter distance, finishing a lowly 17th. The top eight qualified for tomorrow's final.

Murphy's time was over a second outside the Olympic 'A' standard and 10 seconds slower than her personal best, which she recorded last year at the European Long Course Championships in Budapest. The European silver medalist will be hoping to do better in the 400m freestyle tomorrow.

There was more disappointment for Ireland when Dubliner Barry Murphy could manage only 35th place in the 50m freestyle with a time of 22.96 seconds, a second off his personal best.

Beijing Olympian Melanie Nocher clocked 2:13.39 in her heat of the women's 200m backstroke, finishing 23rd overall and one and a half seconds outside her personal best.

Meanwhile, American Ryan Lochte won the 200m backstroke and helped the United States to the 4x200m freestyle relay title.

Lochte has now won four golds at the championships to take his total to 11.

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