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Lisa Kearney secures bronze on world record-breaking day at Commonwealth Games

Australian swimmers cut the best part of a second off the previous world record in the women’s 100m freestyle relay.

Lisa Kearney (white) in action against England's Kelly Edwards today.
Lisa Kearney (white) in action against England's Kelly Edwards today.
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Updated at 23.00

IRISH OLYMPIAN LISA Kearney has won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this evening.

Kearney won in the Judo 52kg category, claiming the first medal for Team NI in the process, as she beat Canada’s Audree Francis-Methot.

The bronze medal event was Kearney’s third of the day after winning her quarter-final against Sinothanda Mva, but an hour later, the 25-year-old was unable to get the better of England’s Kelly Edwards.

Sycerika McMahon reached the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke and narrowly missed out on a spot in the last eight after finishing fifth in her race. The Texas-based swimmer had been due to go on the blocks in the 200m freestyle heats earlier — where young hopefuls Danielle Hill and Rachel Bethel were eliminated in the first heat — but did not start that event.

That trio were joined by Paralympian Bethany Firth for the 4 x 100m relay, but were unable to come anywhere near the scorching, world record breaking pace of the Australian women.

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Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell powered to victory in a time of 3:30.98. The record 0.74 seconds quicker than the previous mark set by the Netherlands at the 2009 World Championships – when ‘fastsuits’ were in full force in the sport.

Gemma Kane made the first cut to reach the 100m butterfly semi-finals and Jordan Sloan reached the same stage of the men’s 100m backstroke. However, neither managed to improve on that feat.

Aileen Reid was one of Northern Ireland’s big hopes for a medal at these games, but in a very competitive triathlon field, the world number 12 finished sixth in a time of 1:59;46. The time was 35 seconds off third-placed Vicky Holland, and 50 off the winner, world number two, Jodie Stimpson. 

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