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Published: 10:34 | 8/8/16

Ryan targets more Irish records


Olympic swimming semi-finalist Shane Ryan hopes to break more Irish records in Rio de Janeiro.

The 22-year-old set a new 100m backstroke national record of 53.85 secs in Sunday's heats, and though his semi-final time of 54.40 secs was far slower, the Pennsylvania-born son of an Irish father is looking to breaking more records in the 100m freestyle heats on Tuesday, and in Friday's 50m freestyle.

"It's a long meet, I'll be doing a lot more," he told RTE.

"Hopefully I can swim fast and go after some of the senior records, I'm looking forward to it. I'm just going out to have fun, that's it."

Ryan admits he struggled to deal with a second race in a day, after his record-breaking swim earlier on Sunday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

"It felt alright but the time didn't really go. It's hard coming back at night," he continued.

"But hell, I was a semi-finalist at the Olympics! I got full advantage of it and really enjoyed it. It's just another chapter in the book I'm writing.

"I'm happy with the experience of it, but I'm not happy with my time. But it was so cool being out there."

The Penn State student, who has lived in Ireland for the past year, says he is delighted to join Fiona Doyle and Nicholas Quinn as Ireland's representatives in the pool in Rio.

"I got some TV time! I don't know how many people were watching, millions, and it's great that I got Ireland's name out there," he continued.

"I'm really proud of that and honoured that I did do that.

"Hopefully no one's too mad at the time, but I did what I came here to do. I'll learn from it and move on."

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