McMahon claims 50m breaststroke bronze
By John Kenny in Chartres
Ireland's Sycerika McMahon has won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke final on day one of the European Short Course Swimming Championships at L’Odyssee in Chartres, France.
The Belfast teenager, who also competed in the London 2012 Olympics, added the short course bronze to the long course silver she won in Hungary earlier this year.
McMahon becomes the second Irish swimmer in history, along with Grainne Murphy, to take a major European medal in both the 25 and 50 metre championships.
Swimming in lane three in the two-length final, McMahon took the race out hard and led at the first turn, but it wasn’t the greatest second 25 for the Irish swimmer as pre-race favourite Petra Chocova of the Czech Republic swept past to take the gold medal in 30.02 seconds.
McMahon went even quicker in the final, posting a time of 30.34 seconds, yet another Irish senior record, but she lost out on silver by 0.13 of a second to Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pederson.
The Irish teenager was also part of the Irish women's squad who contested the final of the 4x50 metres freestyle relay.
McMahon took the first length for Ireland, but was in last place at the 50m mark, and the rest of the Irish squad of Jane Roberts, Shani Stallard and Clodagh Flood, finished eighth overall in a time of 1:46.95.
Gold went to Denmark in 1:38.10, ahead of Finland and Belarus.
Ireland’s men broke three Irish junior records in this morning’s heats.
Galway’s Cian Duffy was first up in the 200m individual medley and clocked a time of 2:04.01.
Tallaght and NAC High Performance Centre swimmer Brendan Hyland set his record in the 100m butterfly (54.73).
Both Duffy and Hyland were then back in the pool for the men’s 4x50m medley team relay where they set a third Irish junior record in 1:47.02 with David O’Sullivan and Brendan Gibbons.
All four swimmers were making their senior international debuts.