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Barry Murphy and Sycerika McMahon shine at European Short Course Swimming Championships

Updated: Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 20:43 | Comments

Barry Murphy lowered the national mark for the 50 metres breaststroke to 26.60 seconds
Barry Murphy lowered the national mark for the 50 metres breaststroke to 26.60 seconds

Barry Murphy and Sycerika McMahon were the Irish stars in Chartres on the third day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Murphy finished sixth in the final of the 50 metres breaststroke after clocking a new Irish record of 26.60 seconds as Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won gold in 26.18.

The 27-year-old, who had already set a new national record in the semi-finals, has returned from the USA to train at the NAC High Performance Centre.

McMahon continued with her superb form as she set a new Irish record in the both the heats and the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke as she qualified in third spot for the final.

McMahon’s time of 1:06:46 knocked another of Fiona Doyle’s breaststroke records from the books.

Just 20 minutes later, McMahon finished seventh in the 100m individual medley final, where she established a new Irish record of clocked 1:01.12.

The Leander swimmer has now won a bronze medal, set eight Irish records and qualified for three European finals in just three days.

Brendan Hyland set his fourth Irish junior record of the week in the 200m butterfly heats, while Brendan Gibbons, Clodagh Flood, Jane Roberts and Sarah Kelly all set personal bests in northern France.

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