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Published: 00:00 | 8/8/16

Doyle slams Efimova after Rio elimination


Irish swimmer Fiona Doyle launched a furious attack on Russia's Yulia Efimova after missing out on the Rio Olympics 100m breaststroke semi-finals.

The 24-year-old finished eighth in a heat that was won by Efimova, who previously served a 16-month suspension for doping.

The International Olympic Committee [IOC] had originally declared a ban on all Russian competitors who had previously failed a drug test, but Efimova was added to the revised starting list over the weekend after she won an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS].

"Cheaters are cheaters," Doyle said.

"She has tested positive five times and she’s gotten away with it again. It’s like FINA [world swimming's governing body] keep going back on their word, and the IOC keep going back on their word.

"And FINA caved in to [Russian president Vladimir Putin], and that’s just not fair on the rest of the athletes who are clean.

"Who are you supposed to trust now? They have signs all over the village saying we are a clean sport, and it’s not. And I just don’t think that’s fair."

Despite finishing eighth in her heat, Doyle recorded a time of 1:07.58, only 0.26 secs outside of an overall top-16 finish and qualification for the semi-finals.

"Honestly, coming eighth in my heat, and when only 16 go through, I knew I straightaway I probably hadn’t made it," the Limerick swimmer added.

"I just went out to give it my all, knowing you only get one shot at this. So to end up eighth is devastating, really. It’s still a good time but I knew it was going to take something even better to go through.

"I felt the best that I ever felt in the warm-up, training had gone so well, so to come away without another swim is very disappointing."

Shane Ryan set a new Irish record of 53.85 secs to finish fourth in his 100m backstroke heat and qualify for the semi-finals.

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