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‘I hope it was a good enough present’: Daniel Wiffen marks mum’s birthday with new Irish record at Olympic Games

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Daniel Wiffen broke his own Irish record although didn't make it to the Olympic Men's 800m Freestyle final. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Daniel Wiffen broke his own Irish record although didn't make it to the Olympic Men's 800m Freestyle final. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

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Daniel Wiffen broke his own Irish record although didn't make it to the Olympic Men's 800m Freestyle final. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Magheralin swimmer Daniel Wiffen produced a superb performance on his Olympic debut in Tokyo on Tuesday, carving more than a second off his Irish record in the 800m freestyle.

He won his heat in 7:51.65, which was good enough to place him 14th overall but unfortunately not enough to make the final.

“I'm ecstatic," he said. "I got a personal best on the big stage. I re-broke my old Irish senior record which is incredible. I felt it was like a one-on-one race at the end and I thought, 'I have got to win this. I have got to show the nation what I am capable of.'"

"I have huge support coming from home, my parents, family and extended family. It is my mum’s birthday today so I hope this was a good enough birthday present."

Wiffen competes again on Friday in the 1500m freestyle. When asked if he has more to bring for his next competition, he said: "I have enough left in the tank for my next competition, the 1500m. There were some parts of that race that I was not too happy with. I want to make sure I can improve on that for the 1500m."

Earlier in the evening Ireland's first ever men's Olympic relay finished 15th in the 4x200m freestyle relay with lead swimmer Jack McMillan setting a new Irish senior record for 200m of 1:46.66. The team clocked 7:14.58.

"It's my dream since I was a little kid to be here, it's once in a lifetime," he said.

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