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I don't believe it! McMahon qualifies for London 2012
17-year-old Sycerika McMahon is the latest member of Ireland’s Olympic party.

SYCERIKA MCMAHON BOOKED her place at the 2012 Olympics with a brilliant performance at the European Swimming Championships in Debrecen.

McMahon, 17, finished second in her 100m breaststroke heat this morning, setting a new Irish senior record in 1:08.37 and cracking the “A” standard qualifying time of 1:08.49.

The double European junior champion was the third fastest qualifier overall for the semi-finals, which take place later on this evening.

She will be joined there by Limerick’s Fiona Doyle who did just enough to progress as one of the 16 fastest swimmers, finishing fifth in her heat and 15th overall with a time of 1:10.16.

But there was disappointment for Ireland’s other representative, Shani Stallard, who could only manage a time of 1:12.28 and 39th place overall.

Tonight, Melanie Nocher will have her final shot at making the Olympic qualifying time when she competes in the final of the women’s 200m backstroke.

Nocher set a new Irish record of 2:11.68 in yesterday’s semi-finals but fell short of the 2:10.84 which she needs for a place in London.

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