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Mayne adds to Ireland's medal tally with bronze in Baku

The Templeogue native produced a fantastic final swim and finished just three seconds behind runner-up, Justine Delmas.

MOLLY MAYNE became Ireland’s second medallist at this year’s European Youth Olympics after claiming bronze in the 200m breaststroke final this afternoon.

Molly Mayne Ireland's Molly Mayne wins bronze in Baku. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Having recorded the third fastest time in qualifying for the final, the Dubai-based swimmer produced an equally brilliant performance during today’s medal race in Baku.

She follows Irish sprint sensation Rhasidat Adeleke who last night claimed gold in the girl’s 100m sprint.

“It feels great, I’m so happy,” she said. “It’s all I wanted, it’s the best.

“I went out efficient and controlled build into the [race] a little bit.

On the third 50m mark, I saw the girl next to me in lane two. I just tried to get power into every kick and gave it everything.”

Asked about reaching a podium, she said: “It felt amazing. At first I thought I came fourth, but I look again and saw I got the bronze. So happy.”


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The 13-year-old claimed a podium position in a time of 2.30.76.

Russia’s Evgeniia Chikunova emerged victorious in a time of  2:24.15, while France’s Justine Delmas took silver with a time of 2:27.50.

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