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Dan’s the man in Doha as he does double with second World Championship gold

The former St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh, student has the Midas touch and has carved his name in history today

Magheralin swimmer Daniel Wiffen

Magheralin swimmer Daniel Wiffen has swimming’s Midas Touch after securing his second gold.

The former St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh, student clinched his double today after a superb 1,500m freestyle victory.

Wiffen has been blowing the opposition out of the water at the World Aquatic Championships in Doha.

It is only three days since he made history by securing his place as the first ever Irish swimmer to get his hands on a medal at a long-course World Championships.

Wiffen confirmed his place in the 1,500m Freestyle Final yesterday, his third final of the week, in 14:54.29, ranking him sixth going into the final. The 22-year-old had a best time in the event in 14:34.91.

Thursday’s remarkable achievement has been compounded today with another powerhouse final performance.

He set a new Irish record with a fantastic time of 14:34.07, racing home more than 10 seconds clear of his nearest rival, Germany’s Florian Wellbrock.

A huge well done – you’re doing us all proud back home!

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