Swimming: Murphy strikes gold on return to action
GRAINNE Murphy made a winning return as she took gold in the 800m freestyle at the Irish short course championships in Lisburn.
Irish swimming's golden girl was competing for the first time since London 2012, where she suffered the effects of glandular fever.
Wexford woman Murphy (20) posted a time of 8:38.76 ahead of Antoinette Neamt, 8:39.61.
UCD's Brian O'Sullivan won the men's 50m freestyle final in 22.94, ahead of Curtis Coulter (23.03) and Matthew Coward (23.30). The 18-year-old went on to win the 100m individual medley with an Irish junior record of 55.85.
Barry Murphy took the 50m breaststroke, winning in 27.15 ahead of Theodore Pender (29.54) and Sean O'Brien (29.89), while Shani Stallard of UCD won the women's 200m IM in 2:13.97 from Lisburn's Bethany Carson (2:16.86).
Clodagh Flood won the women's 200m butterfly final in 2:17.44, while Brendan Hyland took the men's 100m butterfly in 54.75.
Emma Cassidy (29.97) from Sundays Well in Cork edged out Laoise Fleming and Iseult Hayes, who could not be separated on 29.98 in the 50m backstroke final.
Conor Ferguson from Larne SC pipped Trojan's Philip Hanley (2:04.94) to gold in 2:04.74 in the 200m backstroke final.