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Hill completes her magnificent seven with fifth gold medal

 

Splash hit: Danielle Hill on her way to 50m backstroke final win
Splash hit: Danielle Hill on her way to 50m backstroke final win
David Kelly

By David Kelly

DANIELLE Hill lifted her fifth title on the final evening of the Irish short course championships in Dublin last night.

The Larne club swimmer has had an incredible year smashing Irish records and that form continued at this meet, finishing off with gold in the 50m backstroke final.

Hill, who has broken seven records in a fortnight, touched for gold in 26.90 ahead of runner-up Ellen Walshe of Templeogue, 28.41.

Paddy Johnston of Ards, who set a new Irish junior record of 53.55 for the 100m butterfly on Saturday night, struck gold in the men's 50m backstroke final in 24.77.

There was further Ulster success in the distance events with Amelia Kane adding to her 400m freestyle title success on Saturday night with gold in the 800m free yesterday, going under 17 minutes for the first time with 16:59.29.

Lisburn's Daniel Wiffen added 1500m gold to his 800m title when winning in 15:12.59.

Niamh Coyne had the stand-out swim of the final day as she smashed Rio 2016 Olympian Fiona Doyle's 200m breaststroke Irish record. Coyne took almost a second off Doyle's 2015 time of 2:23.64, touching in 2:22.77 for the gold.

In the men's 200m breaststroke final it was a clean sweep for National Centre Limerick swimmers with Eoin Corby leading the charge in yet another Irish junior record, his fourth of the week. Corby lowered his own time of 2:09.02 from last week's European Championships to 2:08.04 for gold, ahead of Liam Doyle, 2:10.52 and Uiseann Cooke, 2:14.71.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd commented: "We thought that we had achieved something special when we returned from the European Championships last week with two medals and 20 new Irish records but to break another 34 this week to make it 54 in total is quite exceptional."

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