By Alan Walsh
Longford swimmer Gerry Quinn smashed his own Irish junior record for the third time inside two days during the final of the Men’s 100 metres freestyle at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary this afternoon (Friday, July 8).
Gerry, racing from Lane 1, finished in 50.00 seconds, securing 7th place in an ultra competitive final, where the winner was Italian Miressi Alessandro on 49.40.
Coached by Ronan McNevin of Longford Swimming Club, Gerry broke his record twice yesterday (Thursday, July 7) with two magnificent performances.
In the morning heats, Gerry knocked 0.12 seconds off his previous Irish Junior record of 50:41, by touching the wall in a time of 50:29.
While he completed his afternoon semi-final swim in a time of 50.15 seconds, finishing second behind the first semi-final winner Barna Andrej from Serbia (49.75).
Gerry’s semi-final performance was the seventh fastest of the final qualifiers and although he finished seventh in today’s, the Longford swimmer and his coach were thrilled and very proud that he improved on his time by a further 0.15 seconds.
The full result from the 100m Men’s Freestyle Final at the Dezso Gyarmati Swimming Pool in Hódmezővásárhely in Hungary was ;
1st Miressi Alessandro (Italy) 49.40.
2nd Shevtsov Serhi (Ukraine) 49.57.
3rd Paut Karlo Noah (Croatia) 49.64.
4th Vekovishchev Mikhail (Russia) 49.83.
5th Barna Andrej (Serbia) 49.85.
6th Izzo Giovanni (Italy) 49.94.
7th Gerry Quinn (Ireland) 50.00.
8th Derache Alexandre (France) 50.02.