Hyland Breaks Irish Butterfly Record

August 04, 2018

Shane Ryan has claimed Ireland’s first medal at a European Long Course Swimming Championships in six years tonight as the 24-year-old took Bronze in the 50m Backstroke Final. It took Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov to break the World Record to prevent Ryan from winning the title. 

Ryan 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.

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’.

Kolesnikov set the new world standard of 24.00 for gold ahead of Romania’s Robert Glinta 24.54 in silver.

Ryan will be back in action tomorrow morning in the 100m Backstroke heats.

Brendan Hyland set a new Irish Record as he competed in the first of the 200m Butterfly semi-finals. Hyland had swam his best morning time ever in the heats, then went on to take two tenths of a second off his Irish Record of 1:57.44, set at the Irish Open in April, in the semi-final to finish tenth overall in 1:57.28. The National Centre Dublin swimmer will be back in the pool on Wednesday for the 100m Butterfly.

In the 100m Breaststroke semi-final Mona McSharry moved up to 14th overall. The 17-year-old lowered her time from this morning’s heats clocking 1:08.30.

Joining Ryan in the 100m Backstroke tomorrow will be Conor Ferguson. With two Irish Junior Records already under his belt in the 50m Backstroke, Ferguson will be confident of a good swim in the 100m. History maker Darragh Greene will also be back in the pool for the 200m Breaststroke. Greene’s 100m swim sets him up nicely for a great 200m performance and with him currently ranked 14th, the possibility of another semi-final. 

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “Everyone loves a medal and we thought that Shane’s 50m Backstroke was our best chance of one before the meet started. That’s not to say more aren’t possible but we’re keeping our focus on the controllables – lifetime best performances here in Glasgow – and if they continue to happen, then we’ll continue to get second swims in semi-finals and finals. We’re also delighted with Brendan. He’s deserved these kind of performances on the big stage for a while now and so it’s wonderful to see him really start to make his mark on international swimming” 

Interview Shane Ryan

LEN European Swimming & Diving Championships, 2nd - 12th August 2018, Glasgow, Scotland    

Results Day 2 Heats/Finals:

Men’s 50m Backstroke

Shane Ryan

H 24.32 (1st)

SF 24.57 (4th)

F 24.64 (3rd)

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Mona McSharry

H 1:08.53 (15th)

SF 1:57.28 (10th)


Men’s 200m Butterfly

Brendan Hyland

H 1:57.55 (8th)

SF 1:08.30 (14th)


Men’s 100m Freestyle

Jordan Sloan

H 50.34




Robbie Powell

H 50.71




Schedule Day 3 Heats:

100m Backstroke

Shane Ryan, Conor Ferguson

200m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene