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Conor Ferguson on high after more British joy

By David Kelly

Conor Ferguson came up with another sparkling performance to land a silver medal in the 50m backstroke final at the British short course championships in Sheffield.

On the back of his 200m backstroke bronze on Thursday night, the 17-year-old Carrick lad clocked a new Irish senior record in the morning heats of the 50m back and then followed that up with another new best of 24.32 in the final - four hundredths quicker.

Gold went to the more experienced Chris Walker-Hebbron in 23.95 and the two are expected to be battling it out for medals in the 100m event today.

Ellesmere College-based Conor said: "I'm just over the moon with how things have gone, there's no other way for me to describe it. I'm very surprised at how well I have gone here.

"It's just all down to the hard work I've been putting in. I've got the drive and I'm in an environment that is driving me on. My coach Alan Bircher is very happy so I'm happy.

"I have my goals for the year and I feel that I'm on track. Winning two medals now at my first British championships is great."

At the Ulster championships in Bangor Aurora, there were more record-breaking performances with Bangor pair Jordan Sloan and Jack McMillan to the fore. Sloan won the 200m freestyle in a new Irish senior record of 1:43.73, while young McMillan clocked a new Irish junior mark of 1:46.95 to lift silver.

Emma Reid of Ards set a new Irish senior record in winning the 50m butterfly gold in 26.68, while sister Rebecca set a new Ulster junior record of 1:03.03 to win 100m individual medley silver - breaking the previous best of Sycerika McMahon.

James Brown of Ards produced the performance of his career when he won the men's 100m IM in a new Irish senior record of 54.88 ahead of team-mate Conor Munn, 56.87.

Conor Brines set a new Irish senior record for the 50m butterfly, touching in 23.34.

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