Longford's Darragh Greene was on fire earlier this morning at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea as he advanced to the 50m Breaststroke semi-final in an Irish record time of 26.94.
It is is Darragh's second national record as on Sunday he went under the Toyko 2020 Olympic Qualification time in the 100m Breaststroke.
The 23-year-old blitzed Barry Murphy’s 2009 Irish Senior Record (27.26) and now owns all three Men’s Irish Breaststroke Records.
Greene’s time of 26.94, put him 4th in his heat and 8th overall for this afternoon’s 12.41pm (Ireland) semi-final.
The Longford man can now add the first Irishman under 27 seconds in the event to being the first to break the minute barrier in the 100m event.
He said afterwards, "I feel really good, it was kind of a perfect race, I’m looking forward to this evening’ Greene commented ‘I really wanted to get back for a night swim, especially just missing out by one place (in the 100m Breaststroke), so yeah I was really fired up for it."
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS— Swim Ireland (@swimireland) July 23, 2019
WHAT A SWIM! @GreeneDarragh is through to the 50m Breaststroke SEMI FINAL!
✅4th in Heat, 8th Overall
✅Irish Record 26.94
✅First Irishman to break 27 seconds
Darragh Greene is on
Semi-Final takes place at 12.41pm#FINAGwangju2019 #teamarenaIRL pic.twitter.com/ewCug2pmY2
#FINAGwangju2019 Men’s 50 Breast Prelim top 8:— Swimming World (@SwimmingWorld) July 23, 2019
1. Adam Peaty (26.28)
2. Joao Gomes Junior (26.73)
2. Felipe Lima (26.73)
4. Emre Sakci (26.87)
4. Ilya Shymanovich (26.87)
6. Kirill Prigoda (26.93)
6. Yan Zibei (26.93)
8. Darragh Greene (26.94) @formswim
Simply amazing! 8th place overall! pic.twitter.com/06sc8vxLiS— IrishSportPower (@IrishSportPower) July 23, 2019
Fantastic swimming. 3 days two irish records and Olympic qualification and world semifinals this morning#darraghgreen #swimireland#worldchampionships https://t.co/DS80xEnZUr— Ronan McNevin (@RonanMcNevin) July 23, 2019
Another Irish swimmer also made it through to the semi-finals. Brendan Hyland made his first appearance at the championships and had the swim of his life in the 200m Butterfly.
A new Irish Record of 1:57.09 secured him a place in the semi-finals in 14th place overall. Hyland knocked .12 off the record he had set at the Irish Open in March.
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