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Fiona Doyle finished 11th overall at the World Championships in Barcelona

Updated: Monday, 29 Jul 2013 20:44 | Comments

Fiona Doyle swam 1:07.81 in the semi-final
Fiona Doyle swam 1:07.81 in the semi-final

Fiona Doyle has finished seventh in her 100m Breaststroke heat - and 11th overall - at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Doyle was the 12th fastest qualifier going into the final in a time of 1:07.88 and swam a faster time of 1:07.81 in the semi-final, placing her seventh, but was just off her best time of 1:07.66 which won her a Silver medal at the World University Games earlier this month.

“It wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but 11th in the World is great, it’s definitely a learning curve and it’s only up from here, we’re three years out from the Olympics and it’s a pretty nice place to be in.”

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte was the fastest qualifier from the 100m Breaststroke semi-finals, setting a new World Record in the process with a time of 1:04.35.

Doyle, 21, will now look forward to the 200m Breaststroke heats on Thursday.

Following a personal best and Irish Record swim in the 50m Butterfly on Sunday, Barry Murphy will be back in the pool tomorrow in the 50m Breaststroke, his main event. Murphy is ranked 11th going into the event and will swim in the fastest heat. Sycerika McMahon has opted not the swim the 200m Freestyle event tomorrow and will instead be concentrating on the 100m Freestyle on Thursday.

Twelve Irish swimmers will also compete at the US Nationals in Irvine, California starting tomorrow. Irish record holders Brendan Hyland and Bethany Carson will kick off the event with the 200m Butterfly heats, while World University Games finalist Andrew Meegan wil swim the 1,500 metre Freestyle.

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