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New Irish Record for Laois swimmer in 100 meters Butterfly event at Tokyo Olympics

A Laois swimmer has swam a new Irish Record in an event at the Tokyo Olympics this afternoon.

Portarlington’s Shane Ryan went in the heats of the 100 metre Butterfly event.

This is not Shane’s main event as he was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the backstroke last week due to injury.

But swimming in Lane 8 in Heat 3, Ryan finished fourth in a time of 52.52.

He shaved 0.06 seconds off Brendan Hyland’s record and is now the Irish record holder.

While Shane did set that time, it was not enough for him to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Yesterday, the 4x200m freestyle relay team put in a strong showing in Ireland’s first-ever appearance in a men’s swimming relay event at the Olympics.

Shane Ryan, Brendan Hyland, Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan represented Ireland but were unable to progress from the heat despite a fine swim.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.