Saturday 18 November 2017

Swimming: Murphy smashes 200m record to take gold

Mark O'Driscoll

IRELAND'S European junior champion Grainne Murphy smashed the national 200m breaststroke record at the Dave McCullagh memorial meet in the University of Limerick yesterday.

Murphy set a new junior and senior best of 2 mins 32.54secs (2:32.54) in the heats, knocking an impressive 2.32 seconds off Fiona Doyle's junior record and 1.04 seconds off Emma Robinson's senior record. She then went on to break the record even further when winning gold in 2:32.40 in the final. Murphy also took gold in the women's 400m freestyle in 4:17.13.

In an exciting men's 400m final, Aer Lingus swimmer Andrew Meegan took gold with 4:07.16.

Olympian Aisling Cooney helped her club ESB to gold and a new Irish record of 1:52.11 in the 4x50m free relay. The other members of the relay were Gillian Gavaghan, Emma McShane and India McGlynn.

Dubliner Cooney took two more golds, in the 200m and 50m backstroke, respectively.

Irish Independent

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