Barry Murphy (29) is from Drumcondra, Dublin. Despite his setting of the 50m and 100m freestyle national records in 2008, Murphy just missed qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Murphy was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin. He is a member of Aer Lingus Swimming Club (ALS).

In September 2005, Murphy began attending, and competing for, the USA's University of Tennessee.

The 2008/09 academic year marked his senior year of swimming for the Tennessee Volunteers.

He graduated from from the University of Tennessee with a business degree in 2010 and is now a member of Club Wolverine in Michigan.

First in Olympic action on 28 July in the heats. Session starts at 10am.


2011: Won gold in the 100m breaststroke final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. His time of 1m00.77s was a new Irish National Record and qualified him for the London Olympics.

2010: European Swimming Championships, Budapest, Hungary. Reached the 50m breaststroke final. This was the first time an Irishman had qualified for a sprint final in the European Championships.

2009: World Championships, Rome. Qualified for the 50m breaststroke semi-finals. The first time an Irishman had done so. He failed to reach the final by 0.12 seconds.

2009: NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas. Murphy set a new University of Tennessee men's record in the 50yd freestyle with a 19.14s swim.

2008: European Short Course Championships, Rijeka, Croatia. Finished 16th in the 50m breaststroke.