Fiona Doyle 2nd in Breaststroke heat

Fiona Doyle concluded her Olympic Games today with a second place finish in her heat of the 200m Breaststroke. A 100m Breaststroke specialist, Doyle led the race for 150 metres but tied up in the last 50 to touch in 2:29.76. Argentina’s Julia Sebastian won the heat in 2:27.98.

After 4 heats the 24 year old placed 25th overall, she would have needed to break her Irish record of 2:27.63 by over a second to make the semi-finals (2:26.58). Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen was the fastest qualifier in 2:22.72.

Speaking to RTE after her race, a disappointed Doyle commented “I went into that hoping I could do a best time, feeling I could do a best time, so I’m disappointed. I felt good and confident going in so I’m not really sure what went wrong”.

Doyle had finished 20th in her only other event, the 100m Breaststroke, on Saturday.

Tomorrow will see Shane Ryan return to the pool for the final Irish swimming entry of Rio 2016. Ryan, who made the 100m Backstroke semi-final earlier this week, will compete in the 50m Freestyle preliminaries. 

Today’s Results

Fiona Doyle           200m Breaststroke              2:29.76 (25th)

Schedule: (Full Schedule Attached)

Thursday August 11th

Shane Ryan           50m Freestyle

Monday August 15th

Oliver Dingley       3m Springboard*

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