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Barry Murphy & Fiona Doyle make semi-finals in Denmark

Updated: Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 14:50 | Comments

Fiona Doyle going in the heats of the breaststroke
Fiona Doyle going in the heats of the breaststroke

Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle have made it comfortably through to semi-finals on Day 3 at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark.

Murphy was first up this morning and produced a solid swim of 26.86 in the 50m Breaststroke to finish second in heat 4 and sixth overall.

Just 0.19 of a second separates the top six swimmers ahead of tonight’s semi-final. Turkeys Demir Atasoy has the fastest time in 26.67. Should Murphy finish in the top 10 of the semi-final he will progress to the final, which also takes place tonight.

In the 100m Breaststroke heats, Fiona Doyle had a strong swim of 1:06.90 finishing just outside her best time of 1:06.57. Doyle touched sixth in the heat and is 13th overall going into the semi-final with Russia’s Yuliya Efimova leading the qualifiers on 1:04.28.

Swim Ireland NAC Performance Centre swimmer Andrew Meegan continued his record-breaking spree, smashing the Irish Senior 1,500m Record by almost 10 seconds this morning.

The 23-year-old had lowered the record to 15:11.69 at Irish Nationals earlier this month bettering his previous record of 15:13.53 set in 2012. Today he swam a time of 15:00.88 and will aim to break the 15 minute mark in the near future.

Speaking after the race Meegan said: “It was a good swim. It felt good throughout but I possibly went out a bit slow at the start, there are a few things to work on for the next time so that’s a good thing but I was definitely happy with how it went.”

Bethany Carson swam her third lifetime best of the meet with a 1:00.50 in the 100m Butterfly, while Brendan Hyland was just off his best time in the 200m Butterfly, clocking 1:59.86.

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