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Doyle 7th in Euro 50m breaststroke
24 Aug 2014 20:08
By John Kenny in Berlin
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Limerick's Fiona Doyle finished seventh in the final of the women's 50m breaststroke on the last day of competition at the European Swimming championships in Berlin.
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Having qualified in sixth place after Saturday's semi-finals, the University of Calgary-based Doyle started the race in lane seven and after a decent start was fourth passing the 25m to go mark.
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However, the Irish swimmer couldn’t sustain the momentum in the second half of the race and had to be content with seventh in a time of 31.37 seconds, .07 of a second slower than her semi-final swim.
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The gold medal was won by the Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, the world record holder in a time of 29.89 seconds, with silver going to Jennie Johansson of Sweden and Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands taking the bronze medal.
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It was the first time that 22-year-old Doyle had reached a major international final after indifferent swims during the week-long meet in the German capital.
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Doyle is only one of a handful of Irish swimmers to make a European long course final after Gary O’Toole, Michelle Smith de Bruin, Grainne Murphy and Sycerika McMahon.
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