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Fiona Doyle makes 50m breaststroke final but Sycerika McMahon bows out

Updated: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 18:13 | Comments

Fiona Doyle was the sixth-fastest qualifier for Sunday's final
Fiona Doyle was the sixth-fastest qualifier for Sunday's final

By John Kenny in Berlin
 
Limerick's Fiona Doyle has scored a notable success at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin by qualifying for the final of the 50-metre breaststroke on the penultimate day of competition in Berlin.
 
However, there was disappointment for 19-year-old Sycerika McMahon, a silver medallist in the event in Hungary two years ago, who missed out on a place in the top eight, despite qualifying fifth for the semi-finals this morning from the heats.
 
Doyle, swimming in the same heat as McMahon, finished fourth in her semi-final in 31.30 seconds, which placed the 22-year-old sixth overall and put her safely into tomorrow's final, her first at European level. (3.10pm Irish time).

Fiona Doyle


McMahon had looked a nailed-on certainty after the heats where she actually swam a faster time than that medal-winning performance of two years ago in Hungary, recording a personal best time of 31.02 seconds.

However the Portaferry swimmer never got involved at the head of affairs in the semi-final and finished a disappointing sixth in 31.50 seconds, which placed her in 11th place and out of the final.

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, the gold-medal favourite and world champion, was the fastest qualifier in 29.88 seconds.

Earlier this morning, McMahon produced a personal best in the heats of the women's 200m Butterfly in 2:13.75, which placed the Texas A&M-based swimmer 19th, three places shy of making the semi-final.

Tallaght's Dan Sweeney finished off his week with a personal best in the men's 50-metres freestyle to finish 55th overall in a time of 24.07 seconds.

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