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Big hopes for Conor Ferguson at World Junior Swimming Championships


By David Kelly

Conor Ferguson will leave the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore today having fortified the belief of many that he has huge potential.

The 15-year-old from Larne Swimming Club set his fourth Irish junior record on the final day of competition in the 200m breaststroke ahead of flying to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Earlier in the week he set two new 100m backstroke Irish junior records and a 50m back record.

Ferguson made the semi-finals of both the 100m and 50m events, placing 11th and 12th and yesterday he was 13th overall in the 200m breast, which had a straight final when he clocked 2:02.30 in his heat.

The teenager's World Junior success has come on the back of his silver medal delight at the European Youth Olympics in Tiblisi last month.

In yesterday's 200m breast final, Hugo Gonzalez of Spain won gold, as he did when edging out Ferguson in Tiblisi.

Ferguson now travels directly to Samoa with teammates Rachel Bethel and Emma Reid for the Commonwealth Youth Games where he will be looking to lower the three backstroke records and make finals.

Also swimming the 200m backstroke yesterday was Irish teenager Rory McEvoy who posted a decent time of 2:05.18.

In the 200m breaststroke Castlebar's Dearbhail McNamara swam an impressive 2:33.21 to place 16th overall, while rising Dublin star Antoinette Neamt rounded off her week with a 2:04.12 and Lisburn teenager Bethel had 2:05.70 for the 200m freestyle.

Ferguson, Bethel and Neamt will all be eligible for the next World Junior Championships in two years' time.

On Saturday, Neamt notched her third top 13 finish of the week and was once again the fastest 2001 swimmer in the 1500m freestyle when touching in 16 minutes, 55.87 seconds - 5th in her heat and 13th overall.

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