Conor Ferguson secures European backstroke silver medal

Conor Ferguson was fastest in the 100m backstroke heats and second quickest in the semi-finals
Conor Ferguson was fastest in the 100m backstroke heats and second quickest in the semi-finals

Larne teenager Conor Ferguson swam to a 100m backstroke silver medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary on Thursday.

The 16-year-old clocked 54.49 seconds with Russia's Kolesnikov Kliment winning gold in a world junior record of 53.65.

Ferguson was the second fastest qualifier into the final, having won his semi-final in 54.47 seconds.

He narrowly missed out on making the Irish team for the Olympic Games.

Sligo's Mona McSharry won bronze in the 50m breaststroke on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old, who swims with the Marlins club in Donegal, joins Olympians Grainne Murphy and Sycerika McMahon as a European Junior medallist.

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