Irish swimmer sets a brand-new pace

Templeogue local and also Tokyo Olympic swimmer, Ellen Walshe, made background at the15th FINA Globe Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi recently, creates Rachel Cunningham.

The 20-year-old has earned a silver medal in the 400m Individual Assortment Final and the very first swimming world medal for an Irish female.

Commenting on her silver medal win, Swim Ireland’s National Performance Director, Jon Rudd, said: “It was an exceptional day of racing for quite a variety of the group and also to have a medal at a World Champions from Ellen Walshe is fantastic in a lot of aspects.

“It’s only the second medal that Ireland has actually ever won at a world championships. It’s the very first time we have actually won a medal at an Olympic event, as well as it’s the very first time that a women athlete has won a medal.”

Currently based at the University of Tennessee, the Dubliner was available in second area in the final, with a time of 4:26.52. Michelle de Bruin has held the previous Irish document of 4:36.84 given that 1994, which implies that Ms Walshe has currently reduced this record by over 9 secs in a single day.

PICTURE– SPORTSFILE

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