Friday 16 November 2018

Dejection for Ireland after medley relay team denied European final place following disqualification

9 August 2018; Darragh Greene of Ireland after being disqualified from the Men's Medley 4x100 Relay preliminary heat during day eight of the 2018 European Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
9 August 2018; Darragh Greene of Ireland after being disqualified from the Men's Medley 4x100 Relay preliminary heat during day eight of the 2018 European Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The Irish 4x100m medley relay team were denied a place in the European championship final after they were disqualified following an illegal takeover in their heat.

The quartet of Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland and Shane Ryan looked to have claimed the final place in the eight-team final after finishing third behind Russia and Lithuania following an impressive swim.

However, their joy was short lived as the officials ruled that Greene left his platform too early, with the Irish swimmer moving clear 0.08 seconds before his team-mate touched the wall.

The close call scuppered Ireland's final dreams and instead of preparing for a possible shot at a European medal, the team exit the championships having been disqualified.

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