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Fiona Doyle places 14th after record performance to reach semi-final

Updated: Saturday, 03 Aug 2013 21:39 | Comments

Fiona Doyle now holds Irish records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke
Fiona Doyle now holds Irish records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke

Fiona Doyle has finished 14th overall in the 50m Breaststroke semi-final at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.

The 21-year-old was unable to better her Irish record of 30.93 seconds set earlier today, finishing seventh in her semi-final 2 in 31.52 seconds.

Doyle said: “It would have been nice to have snook into the 50 (Breaststroke) final but the last four months I’ve taken 1.2 seconds off my 50m Breaststroke, it would have been a big ask to take anymore off it.

"Overall I’m delighted with the summer I’ve had, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of Swim Ireland, the Irish Sports Council and my coaches and I’m really excited to go from here and see what else I can do."

Ireland’s four swimmers have had a successful World Championship with all four securing World Top 20 places, three semi-finals and three Irish records in the 50m Butterfly (Barry Murphy), 100m Freestyle (Sycerika McMahon) and 50m Breaststroke (Fiona Doyle) over 2 weeks of competition.

Swim Ireland National Performance Director Peter Banks was impressed by the team’s showing: "I’m really proud of all three swimmers in the pool and Chris Bryan in the Open Water.

"I think they gave a great account of themselves at this meet, we’ve had three semi-finals, three Irish Records and six World Top 20 performances over the two weeks.

"One of the things that impressed me here in the pool was the swimmers fast times in the morning, even if they didn’t make it back they were highly ranked and this has been a change from other years. It’s been a great start to a new four year cycle."

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