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Conor Ferguson edging closer to the Olympics in Rio

By David Kelly

Conor Ferguson is just 0.29 seconds away from qualifying for the Olympics in Rio after another fine weekend of swimming when he set eight Irish records at the Dave McCullagh international gala in Bangor's Aurora centre.

Conor finished off his campaign by winning the 200m backstroke, qualifying for the European seniors along with Larne clubmate Danielle Hill - both having also qualified for the European juniors.

On Saturday night, the 16-year-old was 0.29 away from the qualification time for the Games in the 100m backstroke, finishing behind Shane Ryan who became Swim Ireland's second representative heading to Rio when he clocked 53.93.

Conor will now turn his attention to the Irish championships which start on April 28.

"It's been a very good weekend. For the first time ever I did a three-week taper and it seemed to work. At a recent meet in Sheffield I took a second off my best time and now I've done it again so the hard work is paying off," said Conor.

"It's a case of bring on the Irish championships. I'll give it everything and even if I don't do the time I know this year I'm going to be fast."

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