Shane Ryan fails to secure place in Olympic 100m backstroke final
SHANE Ryan's bid to reach the Olympic 100m backstroke final failed in the Rio Aquatics Stadium this morning.
The American-born 22 year old student finished eighth and last in the race which was won by American Ryan Murphy in 52.49.
Even though he set a new Irish record of 53.84 in the preliminary heats, Ryan would have needed to swim considerably faster to have a chance of making the final.
While he made a good start in Lane 1 and was sixth at the turn, he faded in the second half of the race and finished eighth – and 16th oveall – in 54.40.
He was the first Irish swimmer to reach an Olympic semi-final since Andrew Bree competed in the 200m breaststroke in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Ryan is back in action in the 100m freestyle tomorrow.
Meanwhile on a night of high drama in the pool the 'Baltimore Bullet' Michael Phelps won his nineteenth Olympic gold medal when he helped the US men's team to victory in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
Making his first appearance in the fifth Olympic Games after sitting out the heats, the 31-year-old has now won an unprecedented 23 Olympic medal with two silvers and two bronze to go with his 19 golds.
Britain won their first medal of the Games when 21 year Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke in a new world record time of 57.13 seconds.
He is the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse won the same event in Seoul in 1988.
From Sean McGoldrick in Rio