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Sycerika McMahon enjoys gold rush

By David Kelly

Swimming sensation Sycerika McMahon walked away with eight gold medals as well as the Swimmer of the Meet award from the Irish short course championships in Lagan Valley Leisureplex.

McMahon had won five golds on Friday and after a break on Saturday she returned yesterday to lift another three.

Leander girl McMahon set another Irish senior record to win the 200m breaststroke title in 2:25.23, which means she now holds every Irish short course breaststroke record.

McMahon’s first gold of the day came in the 400m individual medley, hitting the wall in 4:47.80, 12 seconds ahead of her closest competitor Lydia Kehoe, 5:00.30 of New Ross.

Then the 17-year-old had the edge over Lisburn woman Bethany Carson in the 200m freestyle when she won gold in 1:59.63 with Carson clocking 2:00.08 to take silver.

Dubliner Shauna O’Brien set a new Irish senior record in the 50m butterfly final of 27.30, breaking the eight-year-old 27.40 record of Ulster’s Julie Douglas.

Brendan Hyland set a new Irish junior record for the 400m IM, touching in 4:20.43, while Brendan Gibbons clocked an Irish junior record of 8:11.00 in the 800m freestyle.

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