By John Kenny in Berlin
Ireland’s Barry Murphy finished 12th in the 50m breaststroke semi-final at the European Championships in Berlin, missing out on the final by .21 of a second in an event where a new world record was set by Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.
Having made a good start to his last-16 race Murphy, out in lane one, was in second place as the eight swimmers headed for the wall.
But there it all went wrong for the 28-year-old Dubliner as he fell back, eventually finishing fifth in 27.90.
The second semi-final was much faster.
Indeed, Peaty broke the first world record of the meet in 26.62, cutting .05 of a second off South African Cameron van der Burgh’s old time.
A disappointed Murphy said: “The race didn’t feel great, I think it was a reflection of my form, I know when I’m swimming well and I know when something’s off and this week it’s just not quite clicked for me.
"It is disappointing but that’s sport, I underperformed this week and it’s hard to finish the season like that but I’m looking forward to bouncing back”.
Sycerika McMahon and Fiona Doyle return to the pool for the 50m breaststroke heats tomorrow.
McMahon, a silver medallist at the 2012 European Championships in Hungary and Doyle are both currently ranked in the top 16 for the event and they should be confident of making tomorrow evening’s semi-finals.
McMahon will also be in action in the 200m butterfly heats and Dan Sweeney will swim his final event in the 50m freestyle heats.