Ferguson Smashes Fourth Irish Record in Singapore

Larne’s Conor Ferguson continued his great form on the final day of competition at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. Ferguson broke his fourth Irish Junior Record of the week in the 200m Backstroke heats.

The 15 year old, who broke the 100m Backstroke record twice and the 50m Backstroke record, took almost a second off the record (2:03.12) which he had held since the Irish Open Swimming Championships in May. Ferguson touched in 2:02.30 to place 5th in his heat and 13th overall. The 200m events at the World Junior Championships do not have semi-finals with just eight swimmers progressing to the Final.


In the 200m Backstroke Final, Hugo Gonzalez of Spain, who won Gold at the European Youth Olympics where Ferguson took Silver,  collected Gold in 1:58.11.

Ferguson now travels directly to Somoa with teammates Rachel Bethel and Emma Reid for the Commonwealth Youth Games where he will surely be looking to lower the three Backstroke records.

Also swimming the 200m Backstroke Rory McEvoy posted a time of 2:05.18. In the 200m Breaststroke Castlebar’s Dearbhail McNamara swam an impressive 2:33.21 to place 16th overall. In the final event for Irish swimmers at the World Junior Championships Antoinette Neamt rounded off her week with a 2:04.12 and Rachel Bethel 2:05.70 in the 200m Freestyle.

Ireland has had an impressive run at the World Junior Championships with five Irish records, two semi-finals and eight Top 20 finishes. Conor Ferguson, Antoinette Neamt and Rachel Bethel will all be eligible for the next edition of the event in 2017.

 Day 6 Results:

M 200m Backstroke            Conor Ferguson 2:02.30 (13th) IJR, Rory McEvoy 2:05.18 (27th)

W 200m Breaststroke        Dearbhail McNamara 2:33.21 (16th)

W 200m Freestyle              Antoinette Neamt 2:04.12 (21st), Rachel Bethel 2:05.70 (33rd)

Team: Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght), Conor Ferguson (Larne), Rachel Bethel (Lisburn), Emma Reid (Ards), Gabriella Weaver (Trident), Dearbhail McNamara (Castlebar), Rory McEvoy (Ennis)

Staff: Paul Donovan, Peter Hill, Sandra Cole

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