Irish swimmer sets a new pace

by Rachel Cunningham
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Templeogue local and Tokyo Olympic swimmer, Ellen Walshe, made history at the15th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi last week, writes Rachel Cunningham.

The 20-year-old has brought home a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley Final and the first ever swimming world medal for an Irish woman.

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 number of the team and to have a medal at a World Championships from Ellen Walshe is great in so many respects.

“It’s only the second medal that Ireland has ever won at a world championships. It’s the first time we’ve won a medal at an Olympic event, and it’s the first time that a female athlete has won a medal.”

Currently based at the University of Tennessee, the Dubliner came in second place in the final, with a time of 4:26.52. Michelle de Bruin has held the previous Irish record of 4:36.84 since 1994, which means that Ms Walshe has now lowered this record by over nine seconds in a single day.

PHOTO – SPORTSFILE

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