Sunday 16 June 2019

Ireland's Shane Ryan through to 50m backstroke final at World Short Course Swimming Championships in China

Shane Ryan of Ireland
Shane Ryan of Ireland
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Ireland's Shane Ryan will compete in the final of the 50m backstroke final at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in China after breaking the Irish record twice today.

He swam in the first of the semi-finals and broke the 23-second barrier for the first time posting a time of 22.96 seconds, that shaved seven hundredths of a second off the time he set in the heats.

The final takes place at 12.30pm Irish time tomorrow.

"I came in and I was very relaxed, I knew what I needed to do and I knew I could do it," Ryan told RTÉ Sport.

"For me I try and do 30 meters under water, that’s why I love short course because I am decent under water, if I nail those under water swimming is going to come easy."

Conor Ferguson failed to make it out of the heats.

Darragh Greene lowered the Irish record in the 200m breaststroke set by Andrew Bree in 2007 but the time of 2:07.60 was not good enough for a place in the final.

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