Hyland Excels in European Junior Championships

Brendan Hyland’s fantastic form continued Friday as he became the first Irishman ever to swim under 2 minutes in the 200m Butterfly with another Irish Senior and junior record in the final event. Having broken the records twice yesterday, Hyland went into the final in top form and was rewarded with his fifth and sixth Irish record in 2 days finishing in 5th place overall in a time of 1:59.92 just .14 off a medal spot.

Great Britain’s Mathew Johnson took Gold in 1:58.50. 17 year old Hyland who swim’s out of Swim Ireland’s High Performance Centre in the National Aquatic Centre was delighted with his swim “I’m really happy with my progress so far, swimming a 1:59 and only missing out on a medal by .14 was a great achievement”. Hyland competes in the 100m Butterfly tomorrow.

Another highlight of the day was the boy’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team. The team of Curtis Coulter, David Prendergast and the two Brian O’Sullivan’s set a new Irish Junior Record, smashing the previous record by over 15 seconds, finishing in 7:38.57. The boys were just .12 of a second off the Irish Senior Record, currently Ireland’s oldest record, which has been in place since 1989.

The senior record, which stands at 7:38.45 is held by 1988 Seoul Olympian’s Gary O’Toole and Steven Cullen with Willie Johnson and Ken Turner, whose nephew Conor Turner is competing this week. The Irish boys will have their final relay event on Sunday when they swim the 4x100m Medley Relay.

Kilkenny’s Jane Roberts was in semi-final action this afternoon in the 50m Backstroke, a time of 30.42 in the morning heats was good enough to see Roberts through to the semi’s where she bettered her time to 30.38 and finished 16th overall. Also in action were Clodagh Flood, Sarah Kelly and Jane Roberts again in the 100m Butterfly, all three recorded personal best times.

Full Irish Results – Day 3

Jane Roberts 50m Backstroke H 30.42(18th) SF 30.38(16th)

Clodagh Flood 100m Butterfly 1:03.29 (19th)

Sarah Kelly 100m Butterfly 1:04.86 (36th)

Jane Roberts 100m Butterfly 1:04.10 (28th)

Boys 4x200m Freestyle Relay 7:38.57 (11th) (IJR)

Brendan Hyland 200m Butterfly F 1:59.92 (IJR & ISR)


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