Team Ireland’s Shane Ryan has placed 16th overall in tonight’s 100m Backstroke semi-final after an 8th place finish in the first heat of the event tonight. A time of 54.40 seconds was outside the Irish Record Ryan had set earlier in the day.
The 22 year old turned 6th at the halfway mark in the race in 25.94 seconds, almost half a second slower than his heat swim this morning, tightening up in the last 25 metres Ryan moved back to 8th finishing the race.
An outstanding swim in the preliminaries saw Ryan advance earlier in the day in a new Irish Record of 53.85 seconds. That time was just one hundredth of a second off his best ever time of 53.84 from the US Nationals in 2013. The Irish Record had stood at 54.21 from the European Championships in May of this year.
Ireland’s last semi-finalist in swimming at the Olympic Games was Andrew Bree in Beijing in 2008 when he made the 200m Breaststroke semi-final, finishing 12th overall. Ryan is Ireland’s first swimmer ever to progress in Backstroke at an Olympic Games.
USA swimmers Ryan Murphy (52.49) and David Plummer (52.50) will progress to tomorrow’s 100m Backstroke Final as the fastest qualifiers.
Shane Ryan returns to the pool for the 100m Freestyle on Tuesday and will be joined by Nicholas Quinn as he swims his main event, the 20m Breaststroke. There are no Irish swimmers in action in Monday’s preliminaries.
Fiona Doyle 100m Breaststroke 1:07.58 (20th)
Shane Ryan 100m Backstroke H 53.85 (14th) ISR SF 54.50 (16th)
Schedule: (Full Schedule Attached)
Tuesday August 9th
Shane Ryan 100m Freestyle
Nicholas Quinn 200m Breaststroke*
Wednesday August 10th
Fiona Doyle 200m Breaststroke
Thursday August 11th
Dhane Ryan 50m Freestyle
Monday August 15th
Oliver Dingley 3m Springboard*