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Ferguson takes World silver in Indianapolis

 

By Adam McKendry

Conor Ferguson has won Ireland's first ever medal at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

Ferguson, from Larne, finished second in the boys' 100m backstroke, taking the silver medal and writing his name into Irish history books.

The Ulsterman finished in 54.51 seconds, behind Hugo Gonzalez of Spain and ahead of Daniel Martin from Romania.

Gonzalez produced a fine performance, setting a new Championship record with a time of 54.27 seconds, with Ferguson keeping close pace behind him, while Martin followed them in with a time of 54.55 seconds.

Ferguson improved on his semi-final time by .02 seconds to secure a deserved medal place.

It's another fantastic result for the 17-year old, who has had a stellar year in the pool.

He will add this silver to the silver he won in the European Junior Championships in the boys' 50m backstroke in July.

The young star, who is hoping to go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, also competed in the World Championships alongside Ireland's senior swimmers last month.

There he recorded a respectable 21st placed finish in the men's 200m backstroke.

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