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Melanie Nocher is hoping to make the Olympic standard at the European Championships in Hungary

Updated: Monday, 21 May 2012 12:03

The European championships are Melanie Nocher's last hope of securing the Olympic standard
The European championships are Melanie Nocher's last hope of securing the Olympic standard

Melanie Nocher is through to this evening’s 200 metre backstroke semi-finals at the European Swimming Championships at Debrecen in Hungary.

The Irish record holder is chasing the Olympic A qualifying time for the event and was third in her heat in a time of 2.13.09 which put her into tonight’s last 16 as the eighth fastest qualifier.

Nocher, who swam at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, is targeting a sub 2.10.84 swim to make the London games and the Europeans is her last chance to qualify with the cut-off date of 31 May approaching.

Beth Carson (50m butterfly), Karl Burdis (100m backstroke) and Nuala Murphy (400m individual medley all failed to progress from this morning’s heats.

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