Irish duo topple swimming records


Swimming:Sycerika McMahon and Barry Murphy both excelled on Day Three of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France. Murphy finished sixth in the 50m Breaststroke final, breaking the national record twice on the way.

The Dubliner qualified ninth from the heats, before an incredible performance in the semi-final in a record time of 20.66 saw him head into the showpiece sixth fastest. There he remained, but not before shaving six hundredths of a second of his new record.

McMahon qualified in third place for tomorrow’s 100m Breaststroke final, and brought her own record-breaking tally to eight in three days.

In qualifying third for the semi-finals, in a time of 1:06.89, she toppled another of Fiona Doyle’s breaststroke records. The Leander ASC swimmer then went on to lower the time in the semi-final when she touched in 1:06:46 to qualify for the final.

Twenty minutes later another record fell when the 17-year-old finished seventh in the 100m Individual Medley final, in a time of 1:01.12.

Brendan Hyland set another Irish junior record when he swam 1:59.73 in the 200m Butterfly heats. Clodagh Flood (1:02.61), Jane Roberts (1:02.91) and Sarah Kelly (1:05.21) all set personal bests in the 100m Butterfly heats as did Brendan Gibbons (15:32.62) in the 1500m Freestyle.

Irish Results: Day 3

Jane Roberts 50m Back 29.04 (30th) 100m Fly 1:02.83 (34th)

Barry Murphy 50m Breast H 27.05 (9th) SF 26.66 ISR (6th) F 26.60 ISR (6th)

Sarah Kelly 400m Free 4:28.49 (24th) 100m Fly 1:05.21(36th)

Sycerika McMahon 100m Breast H 1:06.89 ISR (3rd) SF 1:06.46 ISR (3rd) 100m IM F 1:01.12 ISR (7th)

Shani Stallard 100m Breast 1:11.10 (29th)

Clodagh Flood 100m Fly 1:02.69 (33rd)

Brendan Hyland 200m Fly 1:59.73 IJR (24th)

Cian Duffy 200m Fly 2:02.91 (27th)

David O’Sullivan 200m Fly 2:01.39 (28th)

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