July 22, 2019

There was frustration for Irish swimmers at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea this morning as racing did not go to plan for athletes in action. 

Shane Ryan was first up in the 100m Backstroke. Ryan had previously been under the Olympic qualification time of 53.85 at the Irish Open in March and needed to repeat that performance in Gwangju, however, a time of 54.24 in the heats left him outside of the time and the semi-final spaces in 20th place overall. 

Commenting after the race Ryan said ‘I’m feeling ok about it, I made a lot of little mistakes there, just over rated in the first 50 and that set up for the bad back 50 but I know what I did and I know I can move on from that. But then I have another opportunity in the 4x100m Medley so I’m excited for that and the 50m Backstroke should be exciting as well.’

Jordan Sloan was looking impressive in his event and swam a controlled race, but the 25-year-old misjudged the wall on the last turn and lost up to a second, touching in 1:48.60, still one of his top performances in the event to date . Sloan returns to the pool Friday for the 4x200m Medley Relay with Jack McMillan, Robbie Powell and Brendan Hyland. 

World Youth Olympic silver medallist Niamh Coyne competed in the 100m Breaststroke, where the 18-year-old was dissatisfied with her swim. She lost her hat early on in the race and never fully recovered. Coyne will have other opportunities this week as she competes in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke and the Mixed Medley Relay. 

Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland will both be in action tomorrow. Greene, who confirmed his Tokyo 2020 pre-validation yesterday in the 100m Breaststroke, will swim the 50m Breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. Hyland takes on his main event, the 200m Butterfly with the task of swimming a new Irish Record to get under the Olympic Qualification time of 1:56.48. The National Centre Dublin swimmer holds the current record at 1:57.21. 

At the European Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan, Ards’ Ellie McKibbin got proceedings underway for Ireland at the swimming. McKibbin, swimming the 100m Freestyle, touched in 59.10, just off her best of 58.76 from Irish Open in March. McKibbin will be back in action on Thursday in the 200m Freestyle, while tomorrow Templeogue’s Molly Mayne makes her debut in the 200m Breaststroke.

FINA World Diving & Swimming Championships, 12th – 28th July 2019, Gwangju, South Korea

Result Monday 22nd July

Men 100m Backstroke

Shane Ryan


Women 100m Breaststroke

Niamh Coyne


Men 200m Freestyle

Jordan Sloan



Schedule Tuesday 23rd July (Heats 2am, Finals 12pm (Ireland))

Men 50m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene

Men 200m Butterfly

Brendan Hyland