Sunday 21 January 2018

Swimming: Murphy eyes Euro medal

BARRY Murphy believes he is ready to peak at just the right time for next month's European swimming championships in Budapest.

Last night at the National Youth Championships, Murphy was well ahead of the rest in the 50m freestyle, clocking 22.96, with South African Kyle Macmillan taking silver in 23.37, and the Dubliner is now relishing his bid for a medal in Hungary.

Murphy said: "I have been very pleased with my performances this week and I've done a couple of very solid times. We've got a very good squad going to Budapest."

Meanwhile, Niamh O'Sullivan won the women's 800m freestyle gold in 9:00.19, though her time was smashed by Ireland's European junior bronze medallist Sycerika McMahon in the 15 and under category with 8:56.04.

Andrew Bree swam the heats of the 200m IM and 200m breaststroke but pulled out of the finals due to jet lag. Fellow Ulsterman Michael Dawson was the fastest Irishman in the 200m breast, taking silver in 2:20.88 behind South African Kyle Duckitt (2:20.42).

Irish Independent

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