"Cheaters are cheaters" says Fiona Doyle as she holds back the tears in Rio

The Irish swimmer missed out on a semi-final place in the 100 metre breaststroke

Fiona Doyle

Ireland's Fiona Doyle ©INPHO/James Crombie

Fiona Doyle has hit out at swimming's world governing body after her 100 metre breaststroke event in Rio.

The Irish swimmer did not qualify for the semi-finals after finishing eighth in her heat, in a race in which Russia's Yulia Efimova finished second. The Russian was allowed to compete in the Olympics by swimming body FINA, shortly before the start of the Games.

Efimova had previously served a 16-month suspension after testing positive for a banned substance and was booed at Sunday's heat.

She also failed a test for meldonium but this was later overturned.

An emotional Doyle, who fought back tears in her TV interview after the race, did not hide her feelings when she later spoke to the Irish Times.

"Cheaters are cheaters. It’s like FINA keep going back on their word, and the IOC keep going back on their word," she said.

"And FINA caved in to 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."

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