Friday 24 November 2017

Swimming: Record-breaker Murphy mixes it with 'fly boys to set up breaststroke bid

Ireland's Barry Murphy
Ireland's Barry Murphy

Mark O’Driscoll

BARRY MURPHY was in record-breaking form at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.

The 27-year-old Dubliner set a national record in the heats of the 50m butterfly when he clocked 23.52 -- five-hundredths quicker than his previous best, which he set three weeks ago at the European Short Course Championships.

And he went even quicker in the 50m butterfly semi- finals, clocking 23.39 to finish 13th overall and set himself into the best possible form for his bid to make the 50m breaststroke decider today.

Murphy, now based at home in Dublin after a successful period training in

the United States, said: "I'm really pleased with that. It was strange being in the call room with some of the best butterfly guys in the world because breaststroke has always been my strongest discipline.

"But I felt great in the water and getting that second swim was a bonus. To finish 13th overall was great. I feel that the work I'm doing at the NAC is paying off.

"It has been a bit of a patch-up job since the Olympics. I know I'll go quicker once when I get a good block of training under my belt at the start of next year," he added.

Hungary's Olympic gold medallist Daniel Gyurta won the 200m breaststroke final in 2:01.35 ahead of Michael Jamieson, who set a British record of 2:03.00.

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