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McMahon seizes silver at European Championships

Updated: Monday, 28 May 2012 10:01 | Comments

Sycerika McMahon proudly shows off her European Championships silver medal Sycerika McMahon came agonisingly close to grabbing gold in Hungary
Sycerika McMahon proudly shows off her European Championships silver medal Sycerika McMahon came agonisingly close to grabbing gold in Hungary

Sycerika McMahon has claimed a silver medal in the final of the 50m breaststroke at the European Championships in Debrecen.

The 17-year-old, who qualified for the London Olympics in the 100m breaststroke earlier in the week after finishing fifth, recorded a new Irish record of 31.27 seconds in Hungary.

The Czech Republic’s Petra Clocova, who McMahon finished second to in Saturday’s semi-final, edged out the Portaferry teenager by two hundredths of a second.

McMahon became the fourth Irish swimmer to earn a medal in the competition, following in the footsteps of Gary O'Toole, Michelle Smith and Grainne Murphy.

The women’s 4x100m medley relay team of McMahon, Melanie Nocher, Bethany Carson and Fiona Doyle finished 12th in a time of 4:13.75.

The Irish team enjoyed a hugely successful meet, sending out four finalists, setting three Irish records and achieving two Olympic qualifications.

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