By John Kenny in Berlin

Chris Bryan finished in a creditable ninth place in the demanding 25 KM open water event on the opening day of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Clare-man Bryan, who is based at the Swim Ireland High Performance centre at the University of Limerick, was locked in the battle for the bronze medal with the race reaching its conclusion

However, the 24-year-old faded in the latter part of the race to settle for a top-10 place in a time of 5 hours 12 minutes 40.1 seconds.

The gold medal went to France's Axel Reymond (4:59:18.8) with Evgenii Drattcev (4:59:31.2) of Russia in silver just 12.4 seconds in arrears.

Bronze went to Edoardo Stichino of Italy who finished four minutes ahead of Bryan, snatching the bronze from Germany’s Andreas Waschburger by a mere 1.6 seconds.

There are four Irish swimmers in action on Monday morning as the attention turns to the pool with Dubliner Barry Murphy, Sundays Well’s Dan Sweeney and Nicholas Quinn, who is based at the University of Edinburgh, all competing in the heats of the men’s 100metres breastroke.

28-year-old Murphy won a bronze medal in the men’s 50metres breaststroke at the European Short Course meet in Herinng in Denmark and he will be hoping that he can do likewise in the 50metre event this week, the heats of which are on Friday.

Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland goes in the men’s 50metres Butterfly at the impressive Europa-Sportpark Arena with the pool sitting right in the middle of the venue’s velodrome.