Sunday 22 April 2018

Swimming: Murphy and Doyle catch eye with strong Denmark showing

Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle
Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle

Mark O'Driscoll

IRELAND made a solid start to their campaign at the European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark, as Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle both made the semi-finals.

Doyle, competing in the 50m breaststroke, was eighth in her heat in a time of 30.97 -- just off her time of 30.80 from the morning's heats.

She has the 200m breast this morning and the 100m breast over the weekend.

Current world record holder Yuliya Efimova of Russia went on to win gold in the event in a new championship record time of 29.04.

Murphy placed 15th overall in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 58.79. He swam a 50m split of 27.06, the fastest 50m time of all 20 competitors, which will give him plenty of confidence going into the shorter distance tomorrow.

Swim Ireland national performance director Peter Banks said: "Overall we had a good day; there was some great swims from Barry (Murphy) and Fiona (Doyle) especially.

"I know they are disappointed not to make finals, but the performances bode well for the rest of the week."

Irish Independent

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