Limerick teenager Eoin Corby just misses out on Olympic Qualification

Limerick swimmer Eoin Corby has just missed out on qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The 19-year-old Clarina native attempted to qualify for the games this week in the men’s 200m breaststroke final but narrowly missed the FINA ‘A’ consideration at the National Team Trials in Dublin last Saturday.

This is Corby’s second attempt at qualifying for Tokyo 2020, as he also swam last week to qualify for the games. Although Corby failed to qualify then he did clock a personal best of 59.99 in the 100m breaststroke, making him a highly touted candidate to represent Ireland for the 200m breaststroke event in July.

24 April 2021; Darragh Greene of National Centre Dublin, leads Eoin Corby of National Centre Limerick, left, and Andrew Feenan of National Centre Limerick in the 200 metre breaststroke on day five of the Irish National Swimming Team Trials at Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in the Sport Ireland Campus, Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Despite Corby’s young age, he is already a highly decorated athlete at European level. In 2018 when Corby was just 16, he snatched two gold medals for 50m and 100m breaststroke as well as one silver for 200m breaststroke at the Euro Meet 2018 in Luxembourg.

The year prior, Corby represented Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Hungary, where he competed against other swimmers that were a year or more older.

Corby narrowly missed out by less than a second of the time needed to qualify. Corby clocked 2:11.34 but needed to break 2:10.35 in order to head to Tokyo. Although Corby undoubtedly has the ability and will to compete at Olympic level, he will sadly have to wait another four years to put those abilities to the test.

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Benjamin Geary