Despite clocking a blistering new Irish record of 46.93 seconds, Shane Ryan didn’t make it out of the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle, the blue riband event at the World Short Course Championships in Hanghzou, China.
Ryan, who won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke yesterday, was placed ninth of the 16 semi-finalists after the morning heats having cruised through his heat in an Irish record of 46.97, shattering Jordan Sloan’s 2017 record of 47.84.
Ryan hadn’t competed in the 100m freestyle since 2013 and was in an unseeded heat which he comfortably won to progress to the semis in ninth place overall.
Ryan looked like he'd a shot at making the final with a 22.22 first 50m, but he couldn’t keep up that pace in the back half of the race and was classed 12th overall, with South African Chad Le Clos, the Olympic butterfly champion, the leading qualifier heading into tomorrow's final.
"Faster than this morning and a new Irish record, very happy," Ryan said afterwards. "On to the morning with the 4x100 medley relay with the boys."
Ryan was part of the Ireland men’s 4x50m medley team that set another Irish record and they finished 10th overall just two places off the final.
Ryan, with Conor Ferguson, Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland were impressive in the second heat clocking 1:35.05, knocking 0.58 off the record set at the 2017 European Championships.
The time left the team in 10th place overall and will now be confident going into the 4x100m version of the event on Sunday.
Greene also competed individually in the 50m breaststroke this morning. After setting a 200m breaststroke Irish record on Thursday, the 23-year-old set another PB, touching in 27.43.
That, however, was not enough to see him progress to the semi-finals.