By John Kenny in Berlin

Ireland's Fiona Doyle finished seventh in her semi-final of the the women's 100 metres breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Third at halfway, Doyle flagged badly in the closing stages of the race to clock a time of one minute 8.49 seconds behind 200m world record holder Rikke Moeller Pedersen of Denmark.

Earlier today, the Limerick woman placed fourth in her heat in 1:08.77.

Visibly dejected with the result afterwards, Doyle said: “I’m not sure what happened, I’ve been training really well all year and I’m definitely capable of going faster than that.

“I need to go and look at the video with my coach and see where I went wrong. I still have the 50m and 200m breaststroke events to go this week so hopefully I can take something from this and use it to improve later in the week.”

There was disappointment for Sycerika McMahon in the same event as she finished fifth in her heat in a time of 1:09.23, missing out on a place in the top 16 by four hundredths of a second.

The 19-year-old was the first reserve for the semi-finals after clocking her fastest swim of the season, but continues to struggle to recapture the form she showed in 2012.

Brendan Hyland was back in action in the heats of the men’s 200m freestyle but predictably failed to advance.

The butterfly specialist finished sixth in his heat in 1:53.96.

McMahon and Hyland return to the pool tomorrow for the heats of the 200m individual medley and the 200m butterfly.

Following their lifetime best swims in the 100m breaststroke on Monday, Nicholas Quinn and Dan Sweeney will be full of confidence as they line up in the 200m breaststroke heats.