Darragh Greene has become the first Irish swimmer to go inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification time. The Langford athlete set a new Irish record in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke in Gwangju, South Korea today at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Fans from all over the world can book Summer Olympic Swimming Tickets online from our trusted online ticketing market platform.
Greene had been under the time at the LEN European Championships in Glasgow last year where he clocked 59.92 and was the first Irishman to break the one-minute barrier in the event. His time, 59.82 was .11 under the FINA A time for Olympic qualification and pre-validates the National Centre Dublin swimmer for the 2020 Games.
Despite the outstanding time, the Longford man just missed a place in the semi-final by seven-hundredths of a second in 17th place overall, the first time ever a 59 second swim has not made a semi-final at a World Championships.
he said: “Bit of mixed feelings with the result, I can’t complain, I stood up, did a job, got my pre-validation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo — so to do that first day of the competition, yeah I’m happy. It really is a tough competition, to stand up with the worlds best, everyone’s swimming fast so it’s good to get that under the belt.”
Ireland’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay of Shane Ryan, Robbie Powell, Jordan Sloan, and Jack McMillan was also in record-breaking form this morning. The quartet combined for a time of 3:17.38 in the heats, knocking two-tenths of a second off the previous record (3:17.55) set at the 2018 European Championships.
Templeogue Swimming Club’s Ellen Walshe also made an impressive debut in her first senior international event. The 17year-old swam her third-fastest time ever in heat three of the 100m Butterfly where she finished in 7th place in 1:00.85.
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