December 13, 2018

Shane Ryan is the second fastest swimmer through to the semi-final of the 50m Backstroke at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China after an Irish record-breaking swim of 23.03 in this morning’s heats. 

The 24-year-old, who is the current World University Games Champion and European Bronze medallist in the long course (50m) version of the event, has only ever competed in one short course (25m) competition back in 2013 and had no time registered for the 50m Backstroke prior to today.

Ryan destroyed the Irish Record by almost a second to progress to the afternoon semi-finals behind Brazil’s Guido Guilherme in 23.00.

Conor Ferguson, who broke the 100m Backstroke Irish Record on the opening day of competition, had held the previous Irish best of 23.84. Competing in that event this morning Ferguson clocked 23.98 for a season best swim, leaving him 20th overall, just .2 outside the semi-final placings.

The 50m Backstroke semi-final will take place at 12.22pm (Ireland)

Darragh Greene then stepped up with yet another Irish Record, the team’s fifth in three days. The National Centre Dublin swimmer took over 3 seconds off his previous best of 2:11.02 in the 200m Breaststroke to win his heat in 2:07.60. That time bettering Andrew Bree’s 2007 Irish Record of 2:07.95.

Speaking after the event Greene commented ‘I’m delighted with my swim today, my main focus was just to work on my skills and get a pb in a morning swim, to be able to achieve an Irish Record at my first World Championships is a bonus.” 

Next up for Greene and Ferguson is the Men’s 200m Medley Relay on Saturday, after completing his individual programme this morning Ferguson spoke ‘I feel as fresh as I did on day 1 and being the backstroker on the relay gives me another opportunity to be better than I was before. I always take great pride in being apart of a team representing Ireland and I will use this to motivate me for the race as I’m not only swimming for myself but for my team mates and nation’ 

Results Day 3

50m Backstroke

Conor Ferguson



Shane Ryan

23.03 ISR

200m Breaststroke

Darragh Greene

2:07.60 ISR


Results available HERE

Irish Athlete Schedule & Info available HERE

Heats 9.30am (1.30am Ireland)/Finals 7pm (11am Ireland)