2017 WUGs: Shane Ryan Becomes First Irishman Under 25 Sec In 50 Back


After already knocking down one Irish national record as a member of his country’s 4x100m freestyle relay that finished 7th earlier in Taipei, former Penn State swimmer Shane Ryan earned a 4th place finish in the 100m back individual event, with his time of 54.35 missing out on the podium by just .22.

However, Ryan fired back in a big way today in Taipei, establishing a new national mark in the men’s 50m backstroke race. Clocking a solid AM swim of 25.12 to claim the 2nd seed out of prelims, Ryan produced a massive 24.97 in the evening to take the pole position headed into tomorrow night’s final. In the process, Ryan overtook the previous Irish national record of 25.09 he set himself back in 2016. With his 24.97 time from tonight in Taipei, the 23-year-old became the first Irishman to ever venture under 25 seconds in the 50 backstroke.

Ryan is within striking distance of the 24.63 WUGs record set by Japan’s Junya Koga back in 2009, but he’ll need to conquer USA’s Justin Ress, the men’s 100m backstroke winner, who is ready to earn another gold. Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev and Poland’s Tomasz Polewka are also in the hunt in the backstroke splash n’ dash set for tomorrow night.


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expert coach
4 years ago

congrats to shane ryan! yet MA did this as a 16 year old if i’m not mistaken. make no mistake. WJC will be the coming out party for MA. i’m calling 58 100 breast and 21 50 free. 200 IM easily 158 maybe 157. 6 individual gold medals ins’t likely but it’s not out of the question. even just 6 medals of any color would be the best anyone has done at this meet.

Reply to  expert coach
4 years ago

I call MA continues his trend and goes slower

Reply to  expert coach
4 years ago

We’re still waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for that glorious moment!
Has he cancelled that party? ?

Reply to  expert coach
4 years ago

I’m not sure why you turned this story about Shane Ryan into a comparison to Michael Andrew. I really don’t care that he did it at 16, and it bears no point in this story.

Congrats Shane!

Justin Thompson
Reply to  expert coach
4 years ago

100 BR 59.9
50 FR 21.95
200 IM 2:00

4 years ago


Justin Thompson
4 years ago

Shane Ryan accomplishing great things for the Irish ?? warming up the country for Saturday night when McGregor KOs Floyd. ?

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