Saturday 16 December 2017

Swimming: Murphy lands bronze in Euros

Mark O'Driscoll

Grainne Murphy claimed bronze in the 800m freestyle at the European short course championships in Eindhoven yesterday to underline her burgeoning potential.

The 17-year-old added short course bronze to her European 1500m long course silver after setting a new Irish record of 8:19.45 -- smashing her previous best of 8:35.24 set 12 months ago.

Swimming in the heat-declared event, with the medals won on time rather than in a straight final, the Wexford teenager took the bronze behind Italian legend Frederica Pelligrini, 8:15.20 and Hungary's Boglarka Kapas, 8:18.56.

She also becomes the first Irish swimmer to win a medal at these championships since Andrew Bree's silver-winning performance at the NAC seven years ago.

Murphy's coach Ronald Claes hailed another outstanding feat, which came shortly after her Irish record-breaking performance in the 100m individual medley when she qualified for last night's semi-finals after smashing the previous best of Michelle De Bruin of 1:02.70 set in 1995, clocking 1:02.18. In last night's semi-final she swam 1:02.98.

Claes said: "I was very pleased with both performances as she broke the Irish record in the 100m IM and then went in and did another big time to get the bronze in the 800m free. The 100m IM was better than the 200m IM the day before, we talked about a few things which she adjusted and it paid off."

Murphy takes part in the 400m freestyle today.

Irish Independent

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