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Ireland's Shane Ryan books worlds final spot with new Irish record time

The 24-year-old finished third in his 50m backstroke semi-final in China today.

Ryan diving into he pool in Hangzhou.
Ryan diving into he pool in Hangzhou.

SHANE RYAN WILL contest the World Short Course Swimming Championships final after progressing through his semi-final today.

Competing in the men’s 50 backstroke, the 24-year-old finished third behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Ryan Murphy of the USA to qualify in Hangzhou, China. 

US-born Ryan, who is the current World University Games Champion and European Bronze medallist in the long course (50m) version of the event, set a new Irish record by clocking 22.96.

“I’m very happy, it was a bit quicker, I executed a couple of good things, I definitely got the first 25 down, I can clean up the turn and then just come home a bit quicker,” he said. 

I definitely have more in the tank, I have a lane, I have an opportunity, I’ll just go swim and enjoy it.”

Also today, Darragh Greene broke the team’s fifth record in three days by winning his 200m breaststroke heat in a time of 2:07.60.

“I’m delighted with my swim today,” Greene said. “My main focus was just to work on my skills and get a pb in a morning swim, to be able to achieve an Irish Record at my first World Championships is a bonus.”

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