Shane Ryan lands gold for Ireland at World University Games

Ireland’s 26 year wait for a swimming gold medal at the World University Games is over after Shane Ryan broke the Irish record in the 50m Backstroke final in Taipei today.

Just 24 hours after becoming the first Irish swimmer to go under 25 seconds in the event, Ryan broke the Irish record for the second time in as many days with a winning time of 24.72 seconds.

Ryan finished with one hundredth of a second to spare over American Justin Ress in second place.

The US-born Irish swimmer qualifies for Ireland through his father Thomas, who hails from Laois and he more than made up for the disappointment of missing out on a medal in the 100m final on Monday with a dominant performance.

It’s only the second time in history Ireland have got their hands on a swimming gold at the World University Games after Gary O’Toole’s win in 1991.

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