Nicholas Quinn and Shane Ryan put in impressive performances on day 4 of swimming at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as Quinn won his heat and Ryan touched second in his.
Swimming in his main event, the 200m Breaststroke, Quinn and Brazilian Cales Cerdeira battled it out for most of the race. Cerdeira, however, could not sustain the pace and Quinn powered through to touch the wall in 2:11.67, his fastest morning swim ever and second fastest 200m Breaststroke swim to date. The Mayo man had gone into the event ranked 27th and finished in 19th place, missing out on the semi-final by just .41 of a second. A time equal to his best of 2:11.24 would have seen him through to the semi-final.
In the men’s 100m Freestyle heats, Shane Ryan swam an impressive 49.82 seconds to finish second in his heat, despite suffering an ankle injury yesterday. Ryan’s time was his best 100m Freestyle this year and third fastest swim ever in the event. The 22 year old will return to the pool for his final event on Thursday, the 50m Freestyle.
Tomorrow will see Fiona Doyle back in the pool for the heats of the 200m Breaststroke. Doyle missed out on the semi-final of her main event, the 100m Breaststroke, on Sunday by just two tenths of a second, finishing in 20th place. Doyle, who is the Irish record holder in the 200m Breaststroke in 2:27.63, will be hoping for a solid performance in the event where she is currently ranked 27th.
Shane Ryan 100m Freestyle 49.82 (40th)
Nicholas Quinn 200m Breaststroke 2:11.67 (19th)
Wednesday August 10th
Fiona Doyle 200m Breaststroke
Thursday August 11th
Shane Ryan 50m Freestyle
Monday August 15th
Oliver Dingley 3m Springboard*