Silver Medal for Fiona Doyle at World University Games

Fiona Doyle has won a Silver medal at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Following the semi-final last night Doyle was the fourth fastest qualifier going into this afternoon’s Final, her semi-final time of 1:08.43 just off her personal best and Irish Senior Record of 1:08.23.

Doyle then put in the swim of her life in the Final to take the Silver medal and set a new Irish Senior Record of 1:07.66. Russia’s Efimova was the Gold medallist in 1:05.66, the second fastest time in the World this year. Doyle will face off against Efimova again at the FINA Swimming World Championships later this month.

Clearly delighted with her performance Doyle said “I’m over the moon, this is what I came here to do and I can’t wait for Worlds now”

Fiona will be back in action tomorrow in the heats of the 200m Breaststroke, another event in which she is the current Irish Record Holder.

Andrew Meegan continued his record breaking form at World University Games with another Irish Senior Record in the 1500m Final, his third record in the event so far in 2013. His time of 15:24.56 placed him 7th overall. Meegan will also be back in the pool tomorrow, this time in the 800m Freestyle Heats.

At the European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan, Poland, there were three Irish swimmers in semi-final action. Bangor swimmer Mary Kate McDowell swam a 2:07.80 in the 200m Freestyle whilst Gemma Kane set a new personal best of 1:04.08 in the 100m Butterfly and Clodagh Flood, also in the 100m Butterfly clocked 1:04.24.

Day 2 – Session 2 Results:

European Junior Swimming Championships

Mary Kate McDowell 200m Freestyle H 2:07.07 (23rd) SF 2:07.80 (18th)

Gemma Kane 100m Butterfly H 1:04.27 (21st) SF 1:04.08 (19th)

Clodagh Flood 100m Butterfly H 1:04.51 (22nd) SF 1:04.24 (20th)


World University Games

Andrew Meegan 1500m Freestyle H 15:25.32 F 15:24.56 (7th) Irish Senior Record

Fiona Doyle 100m Breaststroke H 1:08.86 (4th) SF 1:08.43 (4th) F 1:07.66 (2nd) Irish Senior Record

Tomorrow’s Races:

European Junior Swimming Championships

Sarah Kelly 50m Freestyle

Brian O’Sullivan 50m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle

Laoise Fleming 100m Backstroke

Lydia Kehoe 200m IM

David O’Sullivan 100m Butterfly

Dearbhail McNamara 100m Breaststroke

Brendan Gibbons 800m Freestyle

World University Games

Andrew Meegan 800m Freestyle

Fiona Doyle 200m Breaststroke

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