Walshe Blasts New Irish Record to Secure Paris 2024 Olympic Time and Finish 9th

ByEmma Porter |

Ireland’s Ellen Walshe had the swim of her life on the opening night of finals at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and is now the first Irish swimmer to secure an Olympic Qualification Time for Paris 2024.

Walshe, who entered the 200m Individual Medley semi-finals in sixteenth place, moved up the rankings finishing fourth in her semi-final and in ninth place overall in a time of 2:10.92. That time wipes over a second off her Irish Record of 2:12.02 and is well inside the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Time (OQT) of 2:11.47.

Speaking after the race Walshe commented ‘I’m delighted, I was pretty nervous this morning coming into it and tonight I got the chance to do it again and I was like, just take the opportunity and enjoy it. I went out and it was the easiest swim of my life I think.’

She continued ‘It was hard this morning because you gave it 100% from the start and you didn’t quite get what you wanted out of it and you think do I have anything left in this and tonight I thought, you have nothing to lose, keep the faith and believe in yourself and I was out in a side lane tonight and I just enjoyed every moment of it’

Walshe now has a long wait for her return to the pool next Sunday in the 400m individual Medley and 4x100m Medley Relay, she said ‘I’ll watch the team race, it’s super exciting to be here with  big enough team of talented athletes from Ireland, and I think just keep training away, enjoy being here and hopefully get up and race fast next Sunday’

Tomorrow will see individual debuts at the Championships from Danielle Hill in the 100m Backstroke, Conor Ferguson in the 100m Backstroke and Mona McSharry in the 100m Breaststroke.

Sunday 23rd July Results

Women 200m IM                                           Ellen Walshe                      2:12.83  (16th)     SF 2:10.92 (9th) ISR

Women 100m Butterfly                                Ellen Walshe                      59.44 (24th)

Men 100m Breaststroke                               Darragh Greene                1:00.54 (19th)

Women 4x100m Freestyle Relay                 Ireland                                3:41.75 (15th) ISR

Monday 24th July Schedule

Women 100m Backstroke                            Danielle Hill                       2:32am (IRE)

Men 100m Backstroke                                 Conor Ferguson                2:51am (IRE)

Women 100m Breaststroke                        Mona McSharry                3:09am (IRE)

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