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No final destination for Ireland's Shane Ryan as he bows out in backstroke semis

Ryan finishes 16th overall in the men’s 100m backstroke.

Ryan: set a new national record earlier on Sunday.
Ryan: set a new national record earlier on Sunday.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

– Niall Kelly reports from Rio de Janeiro

SHANE RYAN COULDN’T quite hit the heights of earlier today as he bowed out of the 100m backstroke at the semi-final stage.

Ryan set a new PB and national record (53.85) in qualifying to become the first Irish swimmer to make an Olympic semi since Andrew Bree in 2008.

Drawn in lane one tonight, he hit the turn in sixth place, just 0.36 seconds behind eventual winner Ryan Murphy.

But he was caught over the final 50 metres to finish eighth in a time of 54.40, and 16th overall.

Heat winner Murphy set the fastest overall time of 52.49, one-hundredth of a second faster than his Team USA colleague David Plummer who won the second semi-final.

Earlier, Adam Peaty smashed his own world record in the 100m breaststroke as he claimed Britain’s first gold medal of the 2016 Games.

The 21-year-old stormed home in 57.13, well clear of Cameron van der Burgh (58.69) and  Cody Miller (58.87) who took silver and bronze.

Adam Peaty celebrates winning gold GOLD! Adam Peaty celebrates in the 100m breaststroke. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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