Ellen Walshe has secured a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics after breaking her Irish record in the Women's 200 metres individual medley at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
Walshe, who entered the semi-finals in 16th place, finished fourth in her semi and in ninth place overall in a time of 2:10.92.
That time wipes over a second off her Irish record of 2:12.02 and is well inside the Paris 2024 Olympic qualification time (OQT) of 2:11.47.
Walshe said: "I'm delighted, I was pretty nervous this morning coming into it and tonight I got the chance to do it again and I was like, just take the opportunity and enjoy it. I went out and it was the easiest swim of my life I think.
"It was hard this morning because you gave it 100% from the start and you didn’t quite get what you wanted out of it and you think do I have anything left in this and tonight I thought, you have nothing to lose, keep the faith and believe in yourself and I was out in a side lane tonight and I just enjoyed every moment of it."
Walshe now has a long wait for her return to the pool next Sunday in the 400m individual medley and 4x1000m medley relay
She said: "I’ll watch the team race, it’s super exciting to be here with big enough team of talented athletes from Ireland, and I think just keep training away, enjoy being here and hopefully get up and race fast next Sunday."
Monday will see individual debuts at the Championships from Danielle Hill in the 100m Backstroke, Conor Ferguson in the 100m Backstroke and Mona McSharry in the 100m Breaststroke.
The World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka is the first of three opportunities for Irish swimmers to secure individual Olympic places, the second being the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar in February 2024, and the third being the Irish Open Swimming Championships in May 2024.
For relays, the top three teams in Olympic relay events in Fukuoka will confirm places for Paris, with the remaining 13 teams coming from the top times in Fukuoka and the Doha World Aquatics Championships.