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Sloan ready for a breather after a record-breaking Copenhagen


By David Kelly

Jordan Sloan feels he has earned the right to "have a few mince pies" on Christmas Day on the back of some fine performances at the European short course championships in Copenhagen.

Sloan returns home to Bangor having clocked three Irish senior records along with placing sixth in his first ever European final, in the 200m freestyle.

Having qualified for the Commonwealth Games the previous weekend, 24-year-old Sloan has had the best start to any season and is relishing the countdown to the Gold Coast in April, as well as competing at the European long course championships in Glasgow next summer.

"I'm very happy with how things went this week and more than anything I would say that I feel a lot more comfortable in this elite environment, and that gives me even more confidence looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games and then the European long course championships," said Sloan.

"But at the same time now I have this momentum I don't want to let it drop off. I'll have a week off, enjoy my Christmas dinner and have a few mince pies and then I'll be off to a training camp in Lanzarote for two weeks and that will start the preparation for the Commonwealths.

"It was a good way to finish off the year. I feel I'm in good shape and now I've got four months to go to the Gold Coast and give it my best shot."

Conor Ferguson brought ended his campaign in Copenhagen with a new Irish record in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke. Ferguson had progressed from the morning heats in 23.97 after becoming the first Irishman under 24 seconds in the event for a new Irish junior and senior best. Then in last night's semi-final, the 18-year-old lowered that record to 23.84 to place 13th overall.

Ferguson said: "I'm really happy, it's been great to end the meet off on a high - this week has given me more experience for the future. It was a bit of a rocky road at the start of the week, I was quite disappointed, but sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. I just had to change my mindset for the second half of the week and it definitely paid off."

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