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Ryan earns bronze in World Swimming championships

Shane Ryan has won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in China.

Ryan, whose family are from Portarlington, broke the Irish record in the semi-finals on Thursday, but cut seconds off his time again today by coming in at 22.76 to touch the wall in third place.

He came third behind favourite Evgeny Rylov (22.58) from Russia and the USA’s Ryan Murphy (22.63).

Shane was born in America, but declared for team Ireland through his father Tom, who is from Portarlington.

This is not the first incredible achievement for the young man.

He won the gold medal in this event at the 2017 World University Games and added a bronze this past summer at the European Championships.

Ryan also made the long list of the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year and represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.

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