World Swimming: Conor Ferguson 21st in 200m backstroke heats
Bangor club swimmer Conor Ferguson has finished in 21st place following the 200m backstroke heats at the World Championships in Budapest.
Ferguson, who recently won a silver medal for Ireland in the 50m backstroke at the European Junior Championships, had a time of 1:59.09 on Thursday.
The 17-year-old needed to be in the top 16 to qualify for the semi-finals.
His personal best for the 200m back is 1:58.80 which was set at the Irish Open Championships in April.
Ferguson's time in Hungary, which was 0.69 seconds outside a qualification place, was the second quickest of his career.
The Northern Irishman now turns his focus to the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis which take place from 23-28 August.
Mayo swimmer Nicholas Quinn produced a season's best in the 200m breaststroke heats to finish 20th.
Quinn clocked 2:12.15 which was 1.15 seconds off qualification.