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Murphy wins heat but fails to qualify overall

The Irish swimmer produced a commendable performance despite failing to break into the top 16 fastest times.

Barry Murphy (file photo).
Barry Murphy (file photo).

BARRY MURPHY HAS won his heat of the 100m Breaststroke at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Turkey today.

The performance, though, was not good enough to break into the top 16 fastest times, which would have enabled him to compete in tonight’s semi-final.

However, Murphy’s performance was still over a second faster than his time at European’s in November and just .18 of a second off his Irish record of 59.51, which he set in 2008.

In reaction to this morning’s display, Murphy tweeted: “Tnx for the support everyone. Happy with the time. Faster than Euro sc&just short of my best time.lots of positives to take. Roll on the 50s.”

Kevin Cordes of the USA finished fastest this morning, clocking a time of 57.54.

Murphy has now opted out of the 50m Freestyle tomorrow to concentrate on the Butterfly and Breaststroke events, and is consequently due back in action on Friday in the 50m Butterfly Heats.

Swimming in Heat 14, Murphy will be competing against Olympic 200m Butterfly Gold medallist Chad Le Clos, while USA’s double Gold medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games, Ryan Lochte, will also be competing that morning.

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