July 29, 2021

Two-time Olympian Shane Ryan set Ireland’s fourth new Irish Senior Record at Tokyo 2020 on Thursday with a new mark of 52.52 in the 100m Butterfly.

Ryan, based at National Centre (Dublin), set a new lifetime best in the event of 52.94 in December 2020, but spent the remainder of the season focussing on his primary event, the 100m Backstroke.

Despite this, Ryan shaved 0.06s off training partner Brendan Hyland’s Irish Senior Record, finishing fourth in his heat and 37th overall. The 27-year-old had been ranked 48th going into the event, moving up 11 places in the rankings with his record-breaking performance.

Earlier in the meet, Ryan had also produced a strong anchor leg in Ireland’s historic Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay, which finished 14th.

Ryan said: “The atmosphere is just great, everyone’s just bouncing off each other, there’s no negativity whatsoever…they’re just so supportive no matter what you do. I heard them up at the stairs cheering for me – I always give them a little look because I’m not only swimming for myself, but for them as well and everyone back at home.”

Ryan is the fourth Irish swimmer to set a new Irish Senior Record at Tokyo 2020.

On Tuesday Daniel Wiffen from Magheralin posted 7:51.65 in 800m Freestyle to lower the Irish Senior Record he set in April 2021.

Jack McMillan from Bangor in County Down also set a new Irish Senior Record on Tuesday, leading off the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay with 1:46.66, which bettered the 200m Freestyle record of 1:47.10 that he set in December 2020.

Then on Wednesday, Mona McSharry bettered her own Irish Senior Record in the heats of 200m Breaststroke, swimming 2:25.08.

Team Ireland has two swimming and two diving events left at Tokyo 2020, with Danielle Hill in the 50m Freestyle and Daniel Wiffen in the 1500m Freestyle up next on Friday.

Next week, Oliver Dingley becomes a double Olympian when opening his Tokyo 2020 campaign in the 3m Springboard on Monday. Then on Wednesday, Tanya Watson becomes Ireland's first Olympic female diver when she starts her 10m Platform campaign.

Full results: Swimming - Heat 3 Results (olympics.com)

Schedule, Friday – July 30

11:38 Danielle Hill - 50m Freestyle (Heat 8) - PB 25.19 - also Irish Senior Record

11:48 Daniel Wiffen - 1500m Freestyle (Heat 1) - PB 15:16.90 - also Irish Senior Record