Doyle Delivers in 50m Breaststroke to Secure Final Berth

Fiona Doyle has secured her place in the 50m Breaststroke Final on the penultimate day of competition at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany but there was disappointment for Sycerika McMahon who was outside the top 8.

Doyle had earlier qualified for the semi-final in 13th place in 31.63 seconds but the World University Games Silver medallist improved her time by .33 of a second to finish 4th in her semi-final and 6th overall. Doyle is the current Irish Record holder in the event in 30.93 seconds.

Speaking after the race the Limerick woman commented “It’s a turning point, I’m still a bit disappointed with the time, I’m more than capable of more, but to have the opportunity to have a final swim and to prove that I can turn things around and show the work that I have done, it’s a really nice feeling. The final is wide open and hopefully this confidence booster can help me through and who knows what can happen tomorrow”.

Sycerika McMahon was unlucky not to progress to the final also. The 19 year old swam a personal best 31.02 in the morning heats but was unable to match that time in the semi-final touching in 31.50 placing her 11th overall.

World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte continued her record breaking form setting a new championship record in the same race as Doyle and McMahon to progress as the fastest qualifier for the final in 29.88 seconds.

McMahon returns to the pool tomorrow (Sunday) for her final event at the championships, the 400m Freestyle heats, while the 50m Breaststroke Final takes place tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.09pm (Ireland).

Day 6 Results

Sycerika McMahon 200m Butterfly 2:13.75 (19th) 50m Breaststroke H 31.02 (5th) SF 31.50 (11th)

Fiona Doyle 50m Breaststroke H 31.63 (13th) SF 31.30 (6th)

Dan Sweeney 50m Freestyle 24.07 (55th)

Tomorrow’s Races

400m Freestyle Sycerika McMahon

50m Breaststroke Final Fiona Doyle 3:09pm

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