Olympic-bound Doyle wins bronze in Korea

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick swimmer Fiona Doyle has qualified to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games
LIMERICK’s Olympic-bound swimmer Fiona Doyle took bronze in the 100 metres breaststroke final at the World University Games in South Korea this Monday.

LIMERICK’s Olympic-bound swimmer Fiona Doyle took bronze in the 100 metres breaststroke final at the World University Games in South Korea this Monday.

The 23-year-old from Raheen set a new Irish senior record in the process.

Doyle, a student at the University of Calgary, in Canada, who had already booked her place at the Rio Olympics in Sunday’s semi-final, swam a personal best time of 1.07.15 to finish in third place in the final.

Doyle’s previous best time in the 100m breastroke was the old Irish Senior record of 1:07.66 which won her a silver medal at the World University Games in 2013.

Former Crescent College Comprehensive student Fiona Doyle has risen through the ranks to become one of Ireland’s top swimmers in recent years, all while completing five years studying Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

Doyle, who just missed out on the London Olympic Games in 2012, won Silver in the 100m Breaststroke at the World University Games in Kazan two years ago.

She was also just one hundredth of a second off bronze in the 50m Breaststroke event.

Fiona Doyle’s’s twin sister Eimear also enjoyed a highly successfully elite swimming career which was unfortunately cut short by injury.