Shane Ryan claimed Ireland’s second medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow on Sunday evening.
Ryan, world bronze medallist in the event in 2018, produced an outstanding performance in the 50m backstroke to again finish in third place in 23.12, faster than his heat (23.16) and semi-final (23.21) swims earlier in the day.
The 25-year-old joins a growing list of Irish medallists from these championships including Mona McSharry, Grainne Murphy, Andrew Bree and Barry Murphy.
A delighted Ryan commented:
I’m really happy that I’m bringing home something to Ireland. It’s been a tough day of racing but I’m happy to come away with the bronze and to end the meet with a strong finish as part of the Ireland relay.
Russia’s Kilment Kolesnikov won the gold medal in 22.75 with Germany’s Christian Diener claiming silver in 23.07.
Just minutes after winning the medal Ryan was back in the pool with team-mates Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene and Jordan Sloan for the Men’s 4x50m Medley Relay.
The team had set a new Irish Record of 1:34.14 to progress to the final in eighth place and were just on that time in the final, Sloan bringing them home in 1:34.24 for sixth overall.
Danielle Hill ended her week with another Irish Record, her fifth of the week, in the 50m Freestyle Semi-Final. The Larne swimmer had set a new standard of 24.76 in the heats, breaking 25 seconds for the first time, and went on to lower that time to 24.44 for ninth place overall, just outside of the final placings.
Brendan Hyland, swimming in his first ever senior international Final clocked 1:55.06 in the 200m Butterfly to finish in 8th place.
Overall this week the group of 19 swimmers set 20 National Records (fifteen Irish Senior Records and four Irish Junior Records), competed in ten semi-finals, nine finals and will take home two medals courtesy of Ryan and Mona McSharry in the 50m Breaststroke.
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