Shane Ryan in action in the men's 50m Freestyle final. Andrea Masini/INPHO
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Shane Ryan unable to build on Irish record at European Championships

Elsewhere, Mona McSharry broke her Irish 200m Breaststroke record competing in Canada yesterday.


SHANE RYAN WAS unable to build on his record-breaking performance at the 2024 European Aquatic Championships in Belgrade yesterday, after he had to make do with eighth in the final of the men’s 50m freestyle.

A time of 22.17 seconds was slower than that Irish record.

Elsewhere in Belgrade, Nathan Wiffen’s 1500m Freestyle final was postponed yesterday due to stormy weather and he finished fourth in a time of 15:10.64 in just his second senior international meet.

Cormac Rynn, competing in the 400 Freestyle heat, was the sole Irish swimmer in action in the morning heats.

The Irish Junior Record holder produced a time of 4:01.51 to bring his first international in an Irish cap to a close.

In Rome, Ellen Walshe, Victoria Catterson and Max McCusker all advanced from the heats to compete in the last finals session of the Sette Colli International along with Daniel Wiffen, who took bronze with a time of 14:53.29 in the 1500m Freestyle final.

It was his last race ahead of the Paris Olympics.

After winning the 400m Individual Medley gold on Saturday, Walshe posted her second fastest time ever in the 200m IM to finish fourth in the A Final in 2:11.77.

In the 200m Backstroke, Catterson closed out her Sette Colli Meet with a fifth place finish in the B Final.

McCusker, meanwhile, prevailed in his 50m Butterfly heat in 24.18 and clocked 24.39 to finish eighth in the in the B Final.

Erin Riordan was also in action on Sunday morning and produced a time of 28.88 in the 50m Freestyle.

In Canada, Mona McSharry also broke her Irish 200m Breaststroke record competing at the Mel Zajac International.

The 23-year-old secured a time of 2:22.49 in the heats, following that feat up with a 2:22.68 in the final.

The Sligo native took two seconds off her 2:24.50 Irish record from 2023, which was achieved in Vancouver.

McSharry is ranked seventh in the world. She achieved the Olympic Qualification Time in the 100m Breaststroke in Fukuoka, Japan last year, and is set to compete at the Paris Olympics this summer.

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