By John Kenny

Barry Murphy has advanced to the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Murphy, who became the third Irish swimmer to reach the last 16 at the Europa-Sportpark this week, clocked 28.01 seconds to finish fifth in his heat and 14th overall in his main event.

British teenager Adam Peaty set a new European Championship record in Murphy’s heat as he routed his opponents in 26.91.

Murphy won a bronze medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark last December and a swim close to his Irish record of 27.26 should see him through to the final.

Speaking after the heats, the Dubliner said: “Job done this morning.

“I’ve been waiting around for three days now so it was good to get on the blocks and blow off the cobwebs.

“Obviously I’ll need to go faster to make top eight, but I’ll go back and look at the race with my coach and see where we can make some gains.”

"I rate myself as a world-class breaststroker so it's just about putting that performance together."

Dan Sweeney (29.49) and Nicholas Quinn (29.07) failed to emerge from their 50m breaststroke heats, while Brendan Hyland’s (55.52) involvement at the meeting ended when he was eliminated at the first hurdle in the 100m butterfly.

Competition restarts this evening in Berlin at 5pm Irish time, with Murphy’s semi-final scheduled for 6.25pm.

Barry Murphy