Archive for the 'Swimming' Category

04
Aug
09

World Swimming Championships end on high

Ireland’s mens’ swimming team finished their campaign at the World Swimming Championships on a high last weekend, with the men’s 4x100m medley relay squad destroying the Irish senior record by almost six seconds – 3.39.87 – to win their heat, wiping out the rest of the field in their midst.

A courageous swim by Karl Burdis, who established an Irish Senior record on the lead off backstroke leg (54.44), set the foursome up to be in the lead after the first 100m of the race. Barry Murphy then dove in for the breaststroke leg, retaining the Irish lead. He was followed by Conor Leaney on butterfly and Irish record holder Ryan Harrison anchoring the squad on freestyle.

The previous Irish record mark of 3.45.70 was established just 3 weeks ago at the World University Games in Belgrade – with 3 out of 4 of today’s relay members on the squad in Belgrade also.

The eight-day competition has undoubtedly been the most successful World Championships for Irish Swimming ever. A total of 25 Irish national records were established, with 16 out of the 45 Irish races ranking within the top 25 in the world. The highest ranked Irish swimmer was Barry Murphy, who qualified for the semi-final of the 50m breaststroke.