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Silver is sweet for Conor as he seals stunning Euro success

By David Kelly

Published 08/07/2016

Teenager Conor Ferguson became the first Irish male swimmer to secure a European junior championship medal in Hungary with yet another stunning performance in the pool.

The 16-year-old, who swims for Larne Swimming Club, took silver in the 100m backstroke and was only beaten into second by a world junior record time by Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia. The Russian clocked 53.65 with Conor back in 54.49.

Conor said: "I'm a bit disappointed, I was going for the gold, that's been my focus since the start of the year. My first 50m was really fast so I've got that event coming up later in the week and will turn my attention to that now."

This latest success for Conor comes on the back of him just missing out on a place at the Rio Olympics by just five hundredths of a second.

Last summer he enjoyed Commonwealth Youth and European Youth medal success and this latest performance demonstrates that he is continuing on an upward curve as these championships have always been regarded as the gold standard of junior swimming.

Dad Peter said: "We're very proud, it's another very good performance from Conor and to become the first Irish male swimmer to win a medal at these championships is just great.

"I know he's a bit gutted that he didn't win the gold because I know his heart was set on gold but it took a world junior record to beat him so that says a lot."

Conor returns to action in the 200m backstroke today, while his Larne clubmate Danielle Hill Danielle Hill and Rebecca Reid Ards compete in the 50m backstroke.

Rebecca's sister Emma goes in the 100m butterfly heats.

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