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McMahon exits medley in semi-finals
20 Aug 2014 20:08
By John Kenny in Berlin
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Sycerika McMahon has failed to advance to the final of the 200m individual medley at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin after finishing in 12th place in the semi-finals.
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McMahon posted a time of two minutes 14.42 seconds, just four hundredths of a second outside her personal best, as she came seventh in her semi-final.
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Earlier today, the 19-year-old finished fourth in the final heat in 2: 15.46.
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Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a European record of 2:08.41 in winning McMahon's semi-final.
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Commenting after the race, the Texas A&M student said: “It was good to get back for the semi-final, but once again it’s not what I’m looking for right now.
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“It’s a step in the right direction. I’ve improved since the Commonwealth Games and that’s what I need to keep doing. The IM is a work in progress for me and it can only get better from here.”
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She was one of four Irish swimmers in action today. Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn and Brendan Hyland all failed to make it out of their respective heats.
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Hyland had been in action in two races so far in order to get ready for today’s 200m butterfly, which is his main discipline, but the Tallaght swimmer’s time of 2:00.34 was only good enough to place him 24th overall.
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Sweeney and Quinn had both produced personal bests in the 100m breaststroke on Monday.
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Sweeney was disqualified for an infringement after the first turn in his 200m breaststroke heat, but Quinn fared much better in the same event.
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The Mayo man came close to a semi-final berth, but his time of 2:14.82 left him 0.6 of a second off qualification.
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McMahon and Fiona Doyle return to the pool on Thursday morning for the for the heats of the 200m breaststroke.
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