Róisín Ní Riain got Team Ireland’s Para Swimming World Championships off to a flying start by setting a new personal best, winning a silver medal, and securing a slot for Paris 2024 for Team Ireland all in one go.
Her time of 01:06.00 in the 100m Butterfly Final (S13) saw her shave over two seconds off her previous fastest time to claim silver. A gold or silver medal at the championships means that that athlete’s country wins a slot for Paris 2024.
Speaking after her event Róisín said, “I’m really shocked, to be honest! I love this swim as it’s not too much pressure for me. That’s my first PB in that event since Tokyo, I’ve been stuck there for a while so it’s nice to get a PB. I think this was kind of unexpected tonight but it came as a nice surprise, but it definitely takes some of the pressure off for the rest of the week.”
Ni Riain is easily the busiest of Team Ireland as she is penciled in to swim in five events over the course of the week, two of which could lead to more finals for the Limerick swimmer. Her next event, the 100m Breaststroke Final (S13) is tomorrow evening at 20:15.
Para Swimming World Championships Day 1 Results:
Roisin Ni Riain: 100m Butterfly Final (S13) / 01:06.00 / 2nd Place
Day 2 (August 1) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:
20:15 – Roisin Ni Riain: 100m Breaststroke Final (event 47)