Thursday 14 December 2017

Swimming: Murphy breaks record of De Bruin but misses out on European final

Mark O'Driscoll

TEENAGE star Grainne Murphy enjoyed another milestone in her young career when she eclipsed a 15-year-old record held by Michelle De Bruin on the opening day of the European short course championships in Eindhoven.

Murphy may have missed out on last night's final of the 200m individual medley by 0.76, but her new Irish record of 2:12.86 in the morning heats was another special performance from the Wexford girl. It left her in 14th place overall.

A silver medallist in the 1500m freestyle in the long course Europeans during the summer, Irish star Murphy will be aiming for success in the 800m freestyle today, while she also has the 100m individual medley.

Irish team manager Ruth McQuillan hailed Murphy's performance, believing her best is still to come at these championships.

"When you beat a record that has stood for so long, it's a great achievement. It was another great swim from Grainne, she looked very strong in the water," McQuillan said.

"Grainne is obviously an incredible talent and having done this time while she has been in heavy training, says a lot about her and with the 800m free coming up, I think it all looks very good for her."

There were mixed fortunes for Ireland's two premier backstrokers with Melanie Nocher making last night's semi-finals of the 100m discipline, but Aisling Cooney missing out by a mere three hundredths of a second, finishing 17th overall with 1:00.59.

Nocher, whose main event is over 200m, was 11th fastest overall after the morning heats when she clocked a personal best time of 1:00.17. She then went 1:00.12 in the semis, but missed out on the final.

Team manager McQuillan added: "That was a very good performance from Mel today. Her main event is still to come at the weekend, so it's very encouraging to see her swim so fast."

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