Amy Marren has reached the 100m Backstroke S9 final in her first race for Ireland at the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships in London.

Marren won Olympic bronze with Great Britain in 2016 before switching to Ireland. She joined Dubliner Ellen Keane, an Olympic medallist in the breaststroke, in the heats for the event and it was Marren who touched home first to progress to the final this evening.

Ellen, who finished just 0:53 of a second behind Amy is also on standby for the decider, which is due to take place at 6:20pm.

Barry McClements was the first of the Irish team in the pool this morning as he set a new personal best in the 100m S9 backstroke, finishing with 1:07:07. 

Ailbhe Kelly made her first appearance of the championships in the 100m Backstroke S8 heat. Ailbhe struggled to get back into the race after touching the lane divider and finished with a time of 1:28:46.

Sean O'Riordan returned to the pool after his first event yesterday. He again faced a world class field that included the likes of World Record holder Ihar Boki. Sean finished in ninth place overall with a time of 1:13:04.