Fiona Doyle turns attention to 50m breast-stroke after 200m exit

Fiona Doyle turns attention to 50m breast-stroke after 200m exit

Limerick’s Fiona Doyle missed out on a final place in 200m breast-stroke at the European Swimming Championships in London on Thursday evening – and now turns her attention to the 50m competition.

It’s been a busy week so far for the 24 year old who was swimming the semi-final less than 24 hours after claiming 4th place in the 100m breast-stroke final.

Doyle, who will swim in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, had progressed to the semi-final in 11th place with a time of 2:29.07. Despite swimming a faster time of 2:28.75 she touched seventh and out of the finals positions.

“I figured it was going to take a best time for me to make the final,” Doyle commented after the race. “Looking at the results it was a lot faster than I predicted, but I’m happy with the swim, it’s the fourth time I’ve swam it this year so I’m pleased with the result.

“It’s definitely tough going from finals last night into heats this morning then semi-finals again tonight but it’s another chance to race and to prepare and get ready for the Olympics.”

Doyle returns to the pool on Saturday for the heats of the 50m Breaststroke, an event where she made the final in 2014.