Shane Ryan claimed Ireland’s first medal in six years at the European Long Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow when the 24-year-old won the Bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke Final.
The Irish swimmer started well in the race and kept his momentum throughout to move from fourth after the semi-finals into the bronze medal position in 24.64 seconds.
Bronze for Ireland!! Shane Ryan finishes in a time of 24.64 in the final of the 50m Backstroke at the European Championships in Glasgow. Fantastic result! pic.twitter.com/489fUlcffo
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 4, 2018
Speaking after the race Ryan said:
‘I’m really delighted, I executed the preparation a little bit better, the time wasn’t really there but that doesn’t really matter, you’ve got to bring hardware home to Ireland, that’s what really matters. I really just tried to nail the start, I knew that if I nailed that then I’d be in contention, I just tried to drive home and be consistent with the stroke and get my hand to the wall.’
Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov set a new World Record of 24.00 seconds in winning the Gold medal, ahead of Romania’s Robert Glinta, who took the Silver medal in 24.54 seconds.