OLYMPIC-bound Limerick swimmer Fiona Doyle said she has ‘big goals’ for the Rio de Janeiro Games this summer so a fourth place finish in a European Championship final last night is good preparation.
Doyle came agonisingly close to securing her first European medal as she touched fourth in the 100m breaststroke final at the London Aquatics Centre.
The 24-year-old from Raheen, who has been based at the University of Calgary, in Canada, put in a fantastic performance, missing the bronze medal by just two tenths of a second, as she came home in 1:07.76.
Afterwards in a post on Facebook, Fiona Doyle said she felt mixed emotions of swimming so well, but also missing out on a medal.
Fiona Doyle wrote: “I am genuinely really happy with the swim. It is the fastest I have been this season; a rocky season it has been.
My stroke feels technically on, and I feel strong. I haven't had this feeling in a while.
“I came into this meet not knowing how it would go, but I gave it my all. Every race I swam I improved. I went into the semi 12th, and I came out 8th. I went into the final 8th, and came out 4th.
“A medal would have been the icing on the cake, but I leave that race happy, and proud of what I have achieved so far this meet.
“This is not the end though; up next is the 200m breaststroke in the morning (Thursday). Thank you everyone for your support. I see every message, and it genuinely warms my heart!
“I am not yet done, let's go!”
World record holder Ruta Meilutyte won Gold in Wednesday night’s 100m breaststroke final in 1:06.17. Hrafnhildu Luthersdottir of Iceland was second in 1:06.45 while Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton pipped the Limerick woman to the bronze in 1:07.50.