Ireland's swimmers are making plenty of finals - there were five more tonight - but frustratingly a medal has eluded the eight Irish competitors so far at the World Para Swimming European Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

The Irish contingent had two fourth-place finishes already this week before tonight’s session and, once again, there was a fourth place - this time for Ellen Keane, who missed bronze by just over half a second in the final of the S9 100-metre backstroke.

Rio Paralympic breastroke bronze medallist Keane (23), who was fourth in her 100m butterfly final on Wednesday, was fifth at the 50m turn in this evening's backstroke final.

On the second leg she was up to fourth and closing in on Britain’s Toni Shaw.

However Keane just couldn’t beat the British swimmer to the touch and once again finished in the unwanted fourth place and Ireland's wait to pick up a medal this week goes on.

Longford’s Patrick Flanagan got the Day 4 finals underway for Ireland just after 6pm in the S6 100m backstroke and was fourth overall going into the decider after the morning heats.

However Flanagan, despite going almost two seconds faster than the heat, finished fifth in a race won by the Croatian Dino Sinovicic.


Nicole Turner from Portarlington was sixth in the women’s S6 100m backstroke final, it’s the 16 year old's 4th final of the week and her real focus is the 50-metre butterfly over the weekend, where she is ranked third in Europe.

Jonathan McGrath from Limerick, second in his heat of the S8 100m backstroke, went safely through to the final in fifth overall and that’s were he finished in the final, half a second faster than his morning swim.

Ailbhe Kelly was Ireland's final competitor in the water and she finished seventh in the S8 100m backstroke final.

Earlier Barry McClements failed to make the final in the S9 100m backstroke, ranked 11th after the heats.