Shane Ryan has won European Championship 50m backstroke bronze in Glasgow.
Big things have been expected of Ryan since he declared for Ireland before Rio 2016 and he has delivered, clocking 24.64 to make the podium.
He qualified for the final after taking second in his semi-final on Friday evening.
The Pennsylvania man, whose father is from Laois, won gold in this event at last year's World University Games and is 2018 Irish 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle champion.
Russian Kliment Kolesnikov smashed the world record to take victory in 24.0 seconds, beating the previous record held by Britain's Liam Tanccok by 0.04 of a second. Romania’s Robert-Andrei Glinta bagged the silver in 24.55.
But this was a fine performance from 24-year-old Ryan, who still has the 100m heats to look forward to on Sunday morning.
"I’m really delighted," he said. "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."
Bronze for Ireland!! Shane Ryan finishes in a time of 24.64 in the final of the 50m Backstroke at the European Championships in Glasgow. Fantastic result! pic.twitter.com/489fUlcffo— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 4, 2018