Wednesday 17 October 2018

Ireland's Shane Ryan qualifies for final of 50m backstroke at the European Championships

Shane Ryan of Ireland
Shane Ryan of Ireland

Ireland's Shane Ryan has qualified for the final of the 50m backstroke in the European Championship in Glasgow after coming second in today's semis.

Ryan had earlier smashed his personal best to win his heat and went off in lane four of the semis, coming home in 24.57 and behind Robert-Andrei Glinta of Romania.

There was heartache for Conor Ferguson, however, as he finished fifth in his semi-final to narrowly miss out.

Pennsylvania-born Ryan, whose father hails from Portarlington in Laois, shaved almost four tenths of a second off his previous best in today's heat.

Meanwhile, there was drama in the 100m breast stroke semi-final as Ireland's Darragh Greene finished joint fifth and was then beaten in a two-way swim off.

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