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Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle fail to secure World berths

Updated: Friday, 26 Apr 2013 22:06 | Comments

Fiona Doyle  has another chance to make it to Barcelona when she swims in the final on Saturday
Fiona Doyle has another chance to make it to Barcelona when she swims in the final on Saturday

By John Kenny

Two of Ireland’s World Championships hopefuls missed out on making the squad for the July meet in Barcelona on the second day of the National Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle failed to dip under the qualifying time for the 100m breaststroke.

Both emerged as the fastest qualifiers from this morning heats into tonight’s semi-finals, however, Murphy and Doyle were outside the A qualifying standards in their semi-finals.

Twenty-one-year-old Doyle, who is now based in the University of Calgary in Canada, went closest to the time she needed, missing out by only 0.18 second in 1:08.80.

Murphy’s time of 1:01.42 was over half a second outside the qualifying mark and he will have to find a good deal more in tomorrow’s final if he is to reach the A standard.

There was another Irish record for Andrew Meegan of Aer Lingus, who added the 800m freestyle title to his 1500m gold in a new Irish best of eight minutes 10.65 seconds, over 10 seconds inside the old standard.

Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland touched home second in the final of the 400m individual medley in 4:27.45 behind Eqypt’s Ahmed Akram Abbas, which cut point 0.41 second off the Irish record.

Katinka Hosszu continued her dominance at the meet, claiming gold in the 400m individual medley, Hosszu’s time of 4:38.67 is the fifth fastest time in Europe this year.

Sycerika McMahon (4:48.38) was the first Irish competitor home in the 400m individual medley picking up her third title of the championships.

In the 50m butterfly final, Shauna O’Brien of UCD shaved 0.11 of a second off the eight-year-old record held by Julie Douglas. Her time of 27.77 seconds placed her second to Egypt’s Faria Osman.

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