Swimmers fail to progress

Melanie Nocher, Sycerika McMahon and Grainne Murphy failed in their attempts to advance through the heats in a disappointing morning for Irish competitors at the Aquatics Centre in London.

Nocher took third place in her women’s 100m backstroke heat at the Aquatic Centre with a time of 1:02.44, outside of the top 16 and in 33rd place overall.

Nocher said the race will help her preparation from the 200metres later in the week.

She told RTÉ: “It is mainly what it was, gearing up for the 200. I would have liked to have been a bit quicker, but it is always harder in this situation to get the cobwebs out of the closet and then focus on the big one on Thursday.”

Sycerika McMahon finishes 26th overall after taking eighth place in her heat in the women’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:08.80.

There was huge disappointment for Grainne Murphy as she struggled to eighth place in her 400m freestyle heat in a time of 4:19.07, far from her personal best in the event.

France’s Camille Muffat was the fastest qualifier for tonight’s 400m freestyle final.

Britain’s Rebecca Addlington squeezed through in eighth overall despite winning her

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