Ireland's men’s 4x100m medley relay finished seventh in Sunday's LEN European Aquatics Championships Final in Budapest to stay in the mix for place in the Tokyo Games.
Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland and Jack McMillan set a new national senior record of 3:34.62 in the heats, and went under 3:35.00 for a second time to finish seventh in the final in a time of 3:34.88.
Ireland’s goal for these championships was to qualify an Olympic relay team for the first time since 1972 and they leave the Duna Arena having set new Irish records in every relay event they competed in, including six Olympic relay events; the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley and freestyle relays, the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay and the mixed 4x100m medley relay.
There are four remaining spots up for grabs in all Tokyo 2021 Olympic relays and the men’s 4x100m medley relay and men’s 4x200m freestyle relay have given themselves a good chance of taking one of those spots.
Olympic relaying qualifying ends on 31 May and news is expected from FINA, the world aquatics governing body, shortly afterwards as to which nations have made the cut.
The women's 4x100m medley relay smashed the Irish of 4:12.29 set in 2018, when swimming 4:02.93 to finish fourth in their heat and 11th overall this morning.
Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Ellen Walshe and Victoria Catterson will not get the opportunity to better that time this evening, having missed the final eight by just under one second.
However, had they swum that time at the 2019 World Championships they would have finished 13th overall, narrowly missing automatic Olympic qualification.