Ferguson and Walshe win double silver

eyofcollage1Larne’s Conor Ferguson doubled his silver medal tally following the 200m backstroke final today at the European Youth Olympics in Tblisi, Georgia.

Adding to the 100m backstroke medal he won on Tuesday, the 16 year old improved on the morning heats where he claimed  6th place swimming in with a 2:05.83. He put in a fantastic performance in the final with a silver medal finish in 2.03.21.

Just minutes later, Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe won her first international medal with a silver medal performance in the 100m butterfly. The 13 year old had set an Irish Junior Record in yesterday’s semi-final of 1:01.72, and went on to win silver in today’s Final with a time of 1:02.17.

Swim Ireland said the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival is it’s best to date. The five medals were won by three swimmers including Walshe, Ferguson and Antoinette Neamt who won 800m Freestyle Bronze and 400m Freestyle Silver. Ireland’s previous best had been in 2009 when Sycerika McMahon won a silver and two Bronze medals. The eight strong team competed in nine Finals which included two fourth place finishes.

Tallaght’s Niamh Coyne set a personal best time in the final of the 200m breaststroke today to finish 6th overall in 2:37.83.

In this morning’s heats Dolphin SC’s Emma Moloney touched in 2:44.18 in the 200m breaststroke and Athlone’s Robert Powell concluded the week with a 2:14.20 in the 200m butterfly.

Ards SC’s Rebecca Reid clocked 2:10.12 in the 200m freestyle while Jack McMillan swam the 1500m freestyle in 17:04.88. Ireland’s 400m Medley Relay of Rebecca Reid, Niamh Coyne, Ellen Walshe and Antoinette Neamt just missed out on the final by six tenths of a second finishing 9th in 4:25.74.

Conor Ferguson and Ellen Walshe win silver medals at the European Youth Olympics

Conor Ferguson and Ellen Walshe win silver medals at the European Youth Olympics

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