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Conor Ferguson: World Seniors debut to stand me in good stead

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Ireland's Conor Ferguson after the 200m Backstroke Heat clocking his second fastest swim in the event, at 1:59.03. photo: INPHO

Ireland's Conor Ferguson after the 200m Backstroke Heat clocking his second fastest swim in the event, at 1:59.03. photo: INPHO

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Ireland's Conor Ferguson after the 200m Backstroke Heat clocking his second fastest swim in the event, at 1:59.03. photo: INPHO

Conor Ferguson believes he is on course to deliver the performance he desires at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis next month.

The 17-year-old Carrick swimmer made his World Senior Championships debut in Budapest yesterday, placing 21st after the 200m backstroke heats in the Duna Arena. Ferguson recorded his second fastest swim in the event, clocking 1:59.03, just two tenths of a second shy of his Irish senior record.

Ferguson said: "It's the second fastest time I've been and the fastest heat swim I've ever had so I can't really be disappointed. I would have liked to have made it back to the semi-final but my main focus is to go back and train hard ahead of the World Juniors.

"It's pretty mad coming out here in front of the massive crowd, it's a great experience for me. I was pretty nervous, probably the most nervous I've ever been before I went down to the call room and then when I was in the call room the nerves went down."

Also in Hungary, Banbridge teenager Julia Knox was in impressive form at the European Youth Olympics as she swam an almost two-second personal best in the 100m butterfly, winning her heat in 1:05.78.

In the 100m freestyle, Sean McNicholl touched in 53.47 seconds while Naomi Trait (27.94) and Scarlett Armstrong (28.08) competed in the 50m freestyle.

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