Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ireland's Shane Ryan wins world bronze in 50m backstroke and lowers his Irish record for third swim in a row

Shane Ryan of Ireland Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Shane Ryan of Ireland Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland's Shane Ryan has won bronze in the final of the 50m backstroke at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in China.

Ryan, who broke the Irish record twice yesterday in the heats and semi-final, did so again today and his time of 22.76 was good enough for the final place on the podium.

The Pennsylvania native, who won a bronze at the European long course championships in the same event back in August, finished jut behind Russia's Evgeny Rylov (22.58) and Ryan Murphy of the USA (22.63).

"I’m really really happy with how tonight went, I know with each race I wanted to get a little bit faster and just try to get my hand on the wall, tonight I’m happy I got my hand there, got a bronze medal and I’m glad that Ireland were on that podium with the flag raised," he said.

Commenting on winning Ireland’s first ever World senior medal he added:  ‘It’s a great honour, it really is, every stroke I was racing I was thinking, I’ve got to get my hand to the wall, not only for me but for Ireland, my coaches, my team mates, it’s not just for me it’s for everyone else, Irish swimming is in the spot light, the future is really looking good for all of us."

Ryan returns to the pool tomorrow for the 100m Freestyle heats and will also be joined by Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland for the Men’s 4x50m Medley Relay. Greene also competes in the 50m Breaststroke heats. With all four swimmers in record breaking form this week, Irish records in all three events will certainly be under threat.

Earlier today, 17-year-old Niamh Coyne swam a personal best 1:07.19 in the 100m Breaststroke. Swimming in her first senior international event Coyne has impressed this week with best times in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke so far.

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