Limerick's Fiona Doyle became the first Irish swimmer to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016 when she reached for the final of the women’s 100m breaststroke at the World University Games in South Korea.
The 23-year-old, who is based at the University of Calgary, Canada, qualified in fourth place from the semi-finals at Nambu University Aquatics Centre, swimming a time of 1.07.67, 0.18 of a second inside the Olympic qualifying mark.
Doyle was a mere 100th of a second outside her own Irish record of 1.07.66 set at the previous World University Games in 2013 where the Irish swimmer took a silver medal.
Speaking this morning Doyle commented: “I’m delighted to get the Rio A time done so early on. I’m now looking forward and very excited about racing the final tomorrow night."
Texas A&M-based Sycerika McMahon finished 16th overall in the same event in 1.10.59, but her more favoured events are later in the week.
The final of the women’s 100m breaststroke takes place on Monday at 11am Irish time.