Shane Ryan won bronze in the men's 50 metres backstroke at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in China, breaking the Irish record for the third time in two days.

Ryan swam 22.76 to finish third, just 0.18 of a second behind Russia's Evgeny Rylov (22.58) and Ryan Murphy of the USA (22.63).

Outside the medals after 25 metres, Ryan produced a huge turn and was within a fraction of claiming gold.

"It’s a great honour, it really is. Every stroke I was racing I was thinking 'I’ve got to get my hand to the wall, not only for me but for Ireland, my coaches, my team mates'," he said afterwards.

"It’s not just for me it’s for everyone else, Irish swimming is in the spotlight, the future is really looking good for all of us.’

"I know with each race I wanted to get a little bit faster and just try to get my hand on the wall. Tonight, I’m happy I got my hand there, got a bronze medal and I’m glad that Ireland were on that podium with the flag raised."

Ryan twice broke the Irish senior record on Thursday, firstly in the heats, to qualify second for the semi-final.

In the first of the semi-finals he posted a time of 22.96 seconds, cutting a further 0.07 off the record set in the heats.

The Pennsylvania native won a bronze at the European long course championships in the same event back in August

Ryan returns to the pool tomorrow for the 100m freestyle heats and will also be joined by Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland for the Men’s 4x50m medley relay.

Greene also competes in the 50m breaststroke heats. With all four swimmers in record breaking form this week, Irish records in all three events will be under threat.

Earlier today, 17-year-old Niamh Coyne swam a personal best 1:07.19 in the 100m breaststroke. Swimming in her first senior international event, Coyne has impressed this week with best times in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke so far.