Ryan with his medal. Andrea Staccioli/INPHO
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Ireland's Ryan claims world bronze in 50m backstroke final

Setting a new Irish record, the 24-year-old was home in a time of 22.76 in China.

SHANE RYAN HAS won bronze for Ireland at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in China. 

Beating the Irish record he set yesterday, the 24-year-old put in a superb display to clock a time of 22.76 in the 50m backstroke final. 

Just like in the semi-final, Ryan finished behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Ryan Murphy of the USA in Hangzhou. 

Ireland’s first-ever World Championships swimming medal, he adds this latest success to his World University Games gold and European bronze medals in the long course (50m) version of the event.

“I’m really really happy with how tonight went,” Ryan said. “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.’

“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.”

Earlier today, 17-year-old Niamh Coyle swam a personal best 1:07.19 in the 100m breastsroke. 

More to follow 

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