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Swimmer Conor Ferguson on a mission at Commonwealth Games

By Graham Luney

Swimmer Conor Ferguson has set his sights on a big performance in today's 100m backstroke final at the Commonwealth Games.

Ferguson plans to seize his moment to shine on Australia's Gold Coast when the action gets under way just after 12.30pm.

The Bangor teenager finished fourth fastest in a time of 54.48 seconds in his semi-final despite accidentally striking the lane rope.

"I know that slowed me down," he reflected afterwards.

"I know there's a lot more in there and I'm excited going into the final."

Another Northern Ireland athlete, gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, is smiling after finishing second in pommel horse qualification behind Olympic champion Max Whitlock and qualifying 13th for the all-round final.

"The competition is big with double Olympic champion Max Whitlock but he's not too far ahead of me," said McClenaghan.

"I think I can nip away at his heels and do the best pommel routine that I can do and that will show in the result."

Northern Ireland's netballers started their campaign with a 94-26 defeat by hosts and gold medal favourites Australia.

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