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Watch: Ireland's Shane Ryan Wins 50m Backstroke GOLD At World University Games

Watch: Ireland's Shane Ryan Wins 50m Backstroke GOLD At World University Games

Ireland's Shane Ryan won gold in the 50m backstroke at the World University Games in Taipei on Wednesday.

In a tremendously exciting race, Ryan pipped the USA's Justin Ress to the gold by just 0.01 of a second.

The former Penn State swimmer's time is also a new Irish record for the event.

Ryan was born in the US. His father Thomas, who is from Laois, moved to Philadelphia in the 1980s.

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It was just Ireland's second ever swimming gold medal at the World University Games, the first being Gary O'Toole in 1991.

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