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Daniel Wiffen in the 800m freestyle final at the World Championships

Daniel Wiffen in the 800m freestyle final at the World Championships

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Daniel Wiffen in the 800m freestyle final at the World Championships

Armagh's Daniel Wiffen will look ahead with confidence to the 1,500m freestyle after making the final of the 800m event at the World Championships in Budapest.

Last night, 20-year-old Wiffen finished eighth in the 800m freestyle final, clocking 7:50.63, as Olympic champion Bobby Finke claimed gold in 7:39.36 ahead of German Florian Wellbrock and Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk.

Wiffen, who started to fade a little at the 600m mark, was over four seconds off his own national record of 7:46.32, which he set in Monday’s heat. Romanchuk, winner of bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, led for much of the race before being overtaken by Wellbrock, who finished an agonising 0.27 seconds behind Finke.

Wiffen will compete in the 1,500m on Friday, while fellow Ulsterman Calum Bain is in the 50m freestyle tomorrow.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak broke his own 200m butterfly world record as he retained his world title in front of a delirious Duna Arena crowd.

The 22-year-old Olympic champion’s time of one minute 50.34 seconds lowered the world mark by 0.39 seconds.

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