Sunday 20 January 2019

Turner takes superb second at Ice World Championships

Conor Turner. Pic: Sportsfile
Conor Turner. Pic: Sportsfile

Dubliner Conor Turner has finished a brilliant second at the second Ice Swimming World Championships in Berghausen Germany.

Turner, a 22-year student at DIT, also won the 18-24 age-group title, finishing the 1km swim in 12 minutes 42.98 seconds. Overall race winner was marathon swimming legend Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria in 12:15.82.

Ice swimming involves swimming 1km at a temperature of less than five degrees, wearing only briefs, a cap and goggles.

A total of 15 Irish swimmers competed at the Ice Swimming World Championships, with multiple age-group podium finishes. John Ryan, the second fastest of the Irish, was the third M45 in 15:51.53, Paddy Bond first in M35 and Patrick Corcoran second in M26-29.

Fastest of the Irish women was Irish champion Olive Conroy who was 11th overall and fourth W18-24 in 16:02.27. Sarah O'Malley-Daly was third W55 in 18:08.52. Oldest of the Irish was Myles McCourt who was sixth in M60.

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