Longford's Darragh Greene in action during his heat of the men's 100 metre breaststroke at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre Picture: Ian MacNicol/Sportsfile
Longford's Darragh Greene unfortunately missed out in his bid to qualify for the semi-finals of the Men's 100m Breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics this afternoon.
In an ultra competitive Heat 4 (there were seven heats in total), the Newtownforbes swimmer found himself in Lane 2 and he produced a very solid swim.
At the halfway stage of the race Darragh was positioned in 4th place with a time of 28.36.
Over the closing 50 metres, #TeamIreland Olympics Games debutant Darragh dug deep and managed to power his way into third place at one stage, giving Longfordians glued to their TV screens plenty of reason to cheer on their local hero.
However, he had to be content with a 4th place finish and a time of 1:00.30, which is almost 0.6 of a second outside his Irish record time for the 100m breaststroke which stands at 59.76.
Coincidentally, going into the Games Darragh was ranked 29th in world in Men's 100m Breaststroke and with all heats completed, his time was 29th fastest.
The fastest 16 in the heats go through to the semi-finals.
Darragh will swim in the last of the five heats in the 200m Breaststroke on Tuesday next (July 27) at 11.50am (Irish time).
Derek Burnett is arguably one of the most experienced competitors to step foot on an Irish Olympic plane as the long awaited Tokyo Games gets underway this Friday.
Longford swimmer Patrick Flanagan has been selected to represent Ireland at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (August 24 to September 5) with the team announcement taking place at Abbotstown in Dublin this Thursday.
As a youngster, growing up in Newtownforbes, Darragh Greene never thought that one day he’d be an Olympian. However, the multiple national record holder swimming ace will achieve the incredible feat at the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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