Limerick swimmer Doyle makes European Championship final

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick swimmer Doyle makes European Championship final

LIMERICK swimmer Fiona Doyle has qualified for tonight, Wednesday’s, final of the 100m breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships at the London Aquatic Centre. 

Olympic-bound Raheen swimmer Doyle came home in 1 minute 7.99 seconds to finish fourth in her semi-final and secure her place in the showpiece final.

The 24-year-old, who has been based at university in Calgary, Canada, swam a fantastic race, having come in to the semi-final in 12th place, to guarantee a lane in the final.

Afterwards a delighted Doyle commented: “I knew I had more in me after the heat swim, I just needed to shake off all the cobwebs and the worry and once I had the heat swim out of the way I knew exactly what I needed to do.

“The race again still wasn’t perfect but it was miles better than this morning and we know there’s more to improve on so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte is the fastest qualifier going into tonight’s final in 1:06.16.

The 100m Breaststroke final featuring Limerick’s Fiona Doyle takes place at 6.57pm tonight. The race can be watched live on TV on BBC2 and Eurosport.