July 25, 2019

Molly Mayne has won a bronze medal in the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku today. The Templeogue Swimming Club swimmer qualified for the final with the third fastest time and held that position throughout the 200m.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

“It feels great – I’m so happy it’s all I wanted, so it’s the best,” an elated Mayne said after the race. The Dubai based swimmer hadn’t realised she won the bronze on the lane, “At first I thought I was fourth but then I looked again and saw that I got the bronze and I was just so happy!”

Racing a controlled race, Mayne executed the perfect plan, “I went out efficient and controlled trying to build into the wall a little bit. My coach said my turns were the quickest, so I tried to keep that, and I worked my pull outs on every turn.  The second 50 I built it a bit, third 50 I pushed it and had a hard build, and the last 50 I just rang it back and gave it my all. On the third 50 I saw the girl next to me in lane two, I knew she was on my feet, so I just tried to get power out of every kick and gave it my all.”

Mayne will be in action again tomorrow morning, competing in the 100m Breaststroke.