July 26, 2019

Ireland’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay have smashed the Irish Senior Record on day six of the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. 

The quartet, swimming together as a relay for the first time, took over 16 seconds off the 2013 record of 7:30.45 to touch second in their heat and finish in 16th place overall in 7:13.91. 

The team had a positive start with Jack McMillan leading off in a lifetime best of 1:48.00, his previous best had sat at 1:48.56. Strong swims from Robbie Powell (1:48.84), Jordan Sloan (1:47.84) and Brendan Hyland (1:49.23) saw the team finish just under 2 seconds off the last Olympic qualification spot of 12th place, that was secured by Switzerland in 7:12.08. 

The relay is still in the running for a Tokyo 2020 place with four further spaces available for those ranked in the World Top 16 in May 2020.   

Shane Ryan, Conor Ferguson and Niamh Coyne all return to the pool tomorrow, for the penultimate day of action in Gwangju. Ryan and Ferguson compete in the 50m Backstroke while Coyne takes to the blocks in the 50m Breaststroke. Ryan will use the heats of the 50m Backstroke to prepare for the 4 x 100m Medley Relay on the final day of the meet, with the lead-off 100m Backstroke leg for Ryan being both an opportunity to go under the Olympic qualification time individually and an important building block in aiding this team to a potential Olympic place, should they be able to finish in the top 12. 

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

Result Friday 26th July

Men 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Ireland

7:13.91 (16th) ISR

 Schedule Saturday 27th July (Heats 2am, Finals 12pm (Ireland))

Men 50m Backstroke

Conor Ferguson, Shane Ryan

 

Women 50m Breaststroke

Niamh Coyne