Ireland Swimming: Wiffen 'disappointed' with seventh in World 400m freestyle final

Daniel Wiffen finished seventh in World 400m freestyle final
Daniel Wiffen finished seventh in World 400m freestyle final

Ireland's Daniel Wiffen finished seventh in the men's 400m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Doha.

The Magheralin swimmer was fourth in the early stages of the race but struggled with the pace.

He finished in a time of 3:36.65, almost four seconds behind winner, Woomin Kim from Korea.

Wiffen's stronger events come later in the championships, starting with the 800m on Tuesday.

In the morning heats, Wiffen had qualified fourth fastest.

"I did think I was going to be able to challenge for the podium. {I'm a] Bit disappointed in the swim," Wiffen said.

"I did say I didn't want to come fourth. I ended up coming seventh so maybe I didn't get what I wanted but yeah, it was alright, I can't really say much about it to be honest."

Kim took out the race under world record schedule for 300m but as he tired he was almost caught for gold by Australian Elijah Winnington.

The gap in the end was only 0.15 seconds. Lukas Martens from Germany took bronze.

Wiffen added, "I was really just focusing on myself. Going into it my goal was just to do what I want to do and I tried to go out fast and I think I paid for it in the back end.

"I mean that's just it, I can't expect it, I don't really have that speed they have from the 200 free, I'm coming down on all the rest of them.

"I get back into what I like doing and that's just some freestyle so, 800 next and then I've got a day off. I need to get that recovery in after this and just bang out a solid 800 and try and get on the podium in that one."

Ireland's relay team failed to qualify for Olympics
Ireland's relay team failed to qualify for Olympics

Irish Women's Relay fail to qualify for Olympics

The Irish Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay failed to qualify for Paris as they missed out by three-hundredths of a second.

The quartet of Erin Riordan, Grace Davison, Maria Godden and Victoria Catterson clocked 3:43.95 in the morning heats for 10th overall.

However, the Irish time of 3:41.75 which included Riordan and Catterson alongside Mona McSharry and Danielle Hill from last year's World Championships in Fukuoka, was fast enough to keep them in the required top sixteen Olympic places.

They faced an anxious wait to find out their Olympic destiny.

The only country that could have taken the place for Paris away from Ireland was Slovenia.

In the final the Slovenian quartet finished last but in a time of 3:41.72 to take the 16th and last qualifying spot for the Olympics.