Longford's Darragh Greene admitted he was 'happy' to be Ireland’s first swimmer to go inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification time at the 2019 FINA World Championships in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke in Gwangju, South Korea.
However, despite smashing the Irish record, and while his 59.82 was .11 under the FINA A time for Olympic qualification and pre-validates the National Centre Dublin swimmer for the 2020 Games, he just missed out on a place in the semi-final by seven hundredths of a second in 17th place overall.
Speaking after the race, Greene commented, "Bit of mixed feelings with the result, I can’t complain, I stood up, did a job, got my pre-validation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, so to do that first day of the competition, yeah I’m happy. It really is a tough competition, to stand up with the worlds best, everyone’s swimming fast so it’s good to get that under the belt."
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS— Swim Ireland (@swimireland) July 21, 2019
Super job from @GreeneDarragh in the 100m Breaststroke. Pre-Validation for #Tokyo2020 in a new IRISH SENIOR RECORD of 59.82, he just misses the SF by .07 in 17th place.
Listen: https://t.co/Yhnyne7Mg3#FINAGwangju2019 #teamarenaIRL pic.twitter.com/VrSBPb1T0k
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS— Scottish Swimming (@ScottishSwim) July 21, 2019
You have to feel for Darragh Greene of Ireland. You post a sub-60 time for 100m breast and you still can't make the semi-final. That's how much this event has moved on and continues to move on thanks to @adam_peaty @jameswilby. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/jmQnkBSaac
RT swimswamnews: Darragh Greene Chops A Tenth Off Irish Record In 100 Breaststroke https://t.co/UIjktvgRuH— Olympic Swim 2020 (@olympicswim1) July 21, 2019
Fantastic @GreeneDarragh - delighted for you!— Fiona Whelan (@FionaWhelan3) July 21, 2019