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Shane Ryan 2nd in 100m freestyle heat, but it's not fast enough to qualify

Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian was perilously close to missing the semi-finals too.

AFTER REACHING THE semi-finals of the 100m backstroke early this week, Shane Ryan continued his good form with a second place in his 100m freestyle heat.

Shane Ryan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ryan recorded his fastest time of the year, touching for home after 49.82 seconds. The heat winner was Algeria’s Oussama Salmoune in 49.2 seconds, faster than the current Irish record set by Ryan Harrison in 2009.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s time wasn’t fast enough to make it out of the heats as they increased in pace with each passing race.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers led the way into the semi-finals with a tremendous swim of 47.9 seconds, narrowly ahead of USA’s Caeleb Dressel with Team GB’s Duncan Scott third-fastest.

Gold medallist in London 2012, Nathan Adrian only narrowly made the cut for the semi-finals, the American is ranked 16th going in to the next stage after notching a time of 48.58 seconds.

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