It was a case of what could have been for Team Ireland at the World University Games today.
Firstly, Fiona Doyle finished 0.01 seconds outside of winning a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke – literally less than the blink of an eye. It as a devastating result for the Limerick swimmer, to come so close. However overall it has been a brilliant meet for Fiona who now looks forward to the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona next week.
Secondly the men’s football team had a hard fought but eventually convincing 3 – 1 win over a very skilful and attack minded Ukrainian side. The result guaranteed a brilliant overall fifth place for Danny Crowley’s team. However the underlining story is how close the men’s football team came to winning a medal at the games. The competition was eventually won by France who were fortunate to beat the Irish lads 4-3 on penalties at the quarter final stage. Again a case of what might have been.
So we come to day 12, the 17th July and the final day of competition at the games sees University of Limerick student Chris Bryan swim in the ultra-tough and ultra-competitive 10k open water race. Chris swims at 6am GMT and you can follow his progress via the @StudentSport Ire twitter feed.