Great season opener in Glasgow for Irish swimmers

Six Irish swimmers competed in the British Para Swimming International Meet in Glasgow over the weekend. It was a hugely competitive international meet with four of the six hitting Minimum Qualifying Standards (MQS) for this Summer’s European Championships in Eindhoven. Hitting the MQS enables the athletes to be put forward for selection for those championships by Paralympics Ireland. Notably fifteen year old Ailbhe Kelly who swims out of the National Aquatic Centre club achieved her first international MQS at the weekend, in three of her four events. Double Paralympian Ellen Keane also recorded seasons best times in her events.

All six will have only have a few days rest before they compete in the Irish Long Course National Championships beginning this Thursday (April 24th) in the National Aquatic Centre. The Nationals will run for four days and live results will be available on www.swimireland.ie/live_swim_times

Results

Ellen Keane; National Aquatic Centre (NAC) Swim Club;

S9 100m Butterfly Heat 1.14.56/ Final 1.13.70 1st in B Final (MQS for IPC European championships)

200m IM SM9 Heat – 2.42.69/ Final 2.45.05 (MQS for IPC European championships)

100m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1.25.21/ Final 1.24.11 (MQS for IPC European championships)

50m Freestyle S9 – 31.76 (MQS for IPC European championships)

100m Backstroke S9 1.20.27

James Scully; NAC;

S5 50m freestyle – 39.54

S5 100m freestyle – 1.26.70

S5 200m Freestyle – 3.05.75

S5 50m Backstroke – Heat 48.19/ Final – 50.64

Laurence McGivern; Invictus, Belfast;

S9 50m Freestyle – 29.53

S9 100m Freestyle – 1.04.97

S9 100m Backstroke – Heat 1.09.53/ Final 1.09.15 (MQS for IPC European championships)

Jonathan McGrath; Hp Limerick;

S8 100m Freestyle 1.08.34

S8 400m Freestyle – Heat 4.58.83/ Final 4.56.58 1st in B final (MQS for IPC European championships)

S8 100m Backstroke – 1.16.98

SB8 100m Breaststroke – 1.49.02

Ailbhe Kelly; NAC;

S7 50m Freestyle – 40.12

S7 100m Freestyle – 1.24.28 (Junior MQS for IPC European championships)

S7 400m Freestyle – 5.56.61/Youth Final 5.59.35 (Junior MQS for IPC European championships)

S7 100m Backstroke – Heat 1.30.55/ Youth Final 1.30.73 (Junior MQS for IPC European championships)

Patrick Flanagan; Longford;

S8 50m Freestyle – 38.63

S8 100m Freestyle – 1.20.34

S8 400m Freestyle 5.43.59

S8 100m Backstroke – 1.32.00

Six Irish Swimmers set to compete at British Para-Swimming International Meet

A team of six Irish swimmers flew out this morning to the 2014 British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow taking place from April 18th – 21st inclusive. Led by the coaching team of Jim Laverty and Hayley Burke the team features four experienced Paralympians in Ellen Keane, James Scully, Laurence McGivern and Jonathan McGrath alongside two junior internationals; fifteen year old Ailbhe Kelly from Dublin and sixteen year old Patrick Flanagan from Longford.

Over 300 swimmers from 40 countries competed in this meet last year. This is the first time this competition has been held outside Swansea, notably in the pool where the 2015 IPC World Championships are set to take place; the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. Importantly is the first meet of the season where swimmers have the opportunity to post a qualifying time for the IPC European Championships this summer in Eindhoven.

For schedules visit http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/para-swimming/british-international/

Irish Team for 2014 British Para-Swimming International Meet

Ellen Keane; National Aquatic Centre (NAC) Swim Club; S9 100m BF & 200m IM, SB8 100mBS

James Scully; NAC; S5 50m,100m,200m FS & 50m BS

Laurence McGivern; Invictus, Belfast; S9 50m,100m FS & 100m BS

Jonathan McGrath; Limerick; S8 100m, 400m FS & 100m BS

Ailbhe Kelly; NAC; S8 50m/100m/400m FS & 100m BS

Patrick Flanagan; Longford; S8 50m/100m/400m FS & 100m BS

Support Staff

Jim Laverty – Head Coach

Hayley Burke – Assistant Coach

Mary Seery – Team Manager

Naomi O’Reilly – Physiotherapist

Toni Rossitter – Physiologist

Alan Swanton – Performance Analyst

Smyth and Lynch Smash National Records at the Paracycling Track World Championships

On the of racing for the Irish Team at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, national records continued to fall, with Colin Lynch and Enda Smyth racing in the 1km Time Trial. Lynch finished the race against the clock in 7th position with a PB of 1.18.142, team mate Enda Smyth knocked 3 seconds off the previous national record, in a time of 1.10.936, finishing in 12th place. Both riders concluded what was a successful World Championship campaign for the Irish Team, where Lynch won Silver in the 3km Pursuit on Saturday night.

With this being the first major Track Cycling competition since the Paralympic Games in 2012, the team finalised their training in Majorca, before flying to Mexico, where the results reflected the track specific work that had been completed.

Speaking about Smyth’s National Record (NR), Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said:

“Enda had an exceptional ride this afternoon in the Kilo TT. He delivered a great performance setting a blistering PB, taking almost three seconds off his previous best, setting the new national record with a time of 1.10.936. Colin also got a new national record in his kilo, a great performance after his phenomenal ride in the Pursuit, where he won silver.”

Summing up the team’s campaign, Cycling Ireland Head Coach Brian Nugent said:

“That was a great team performance and a critical marker on our progression towards Rio. We have made many changes in the team since London and this was the first major test of those changes. Considering this was the first World Track Championships for a lot of the team this makes the result even more encouraging, having secured valuable points towards Rio Qualification. We now have a benchmark of where we are against our competitors halfway through this cycle. It’s great to see our senior members of our squad, such as Colin Lynch, leading the way. Team Coach, Neill Delahaye, has done a fantastic job in his new role, and has inspired this team to continue to perform to new levels.”

This concluded the racing at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships, where the team come home with a silver medal and seven new national records. With the long-term focus being on the Paralympic Games, this World Championship Campaign has placed the Irish team on the right track on the road to Rio.

RESULTS

Men’s C2 1km Pursuit Final

Gold XIE Hao (CHN) 1.13.235

Silver LIANG Guihua (CHN) 1.13.684

Bronze KOBLASA Ivo (CZE) 1.16.210

7th LYNCH Colin (IRL) 1.18.142

 

Men’s C3 1km TT

Gold OBYDENNOV Alexey (RUS) 1.06.131

Silver BATUKOV Sergey (RUS) 1.07.873

Bronze SCHELFHOUT Diedrick (BEL) 1.08.080

12th SMYTH Enda (IRL) 1.10.936

Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/

SILVER for Lynch in C2 Pursuit at Track World Championships

Colin Lynch Seizes Silver in the Men’s C2 Pursuit Finals World Championships in Mexico

Colin Lynch won Silver in Men’s C2 3km Pursuit at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships, recording a blistering fast time of 3.43.423. In the Gold medal ride off he met reigning Paralympic Champion from China, Guihua Liang, who out powered him over the 3km race against the clock. Both tandems were competing in the 1km Time Trial, earlier this evening, where they finished outside the medals, with Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal storming to a new National Record in a time of 1.10.893.  Ireland’s Enda Smyth was also in action today, breaking the Irish Record in the Men’s C3 Pursuit in a time of 3.40.297, putting him in tenth place.

Lynch rode a career best time in the final, in a proud attempt to defend his World Title. However, the Paralympic Champion was the stronger rider on the day, with Lynch pushing him all the way. With this being the first major Track Cycling event since the Paralympic Games it was always going to be an intense race.

Speaking after the qualifying rounds Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said

 “Colin was second in what was an exciting final. He delivered the right strategy, and executed his best ever performance with a significant PB and NR. This was significantly faster than his qualification time earlier today. On the day the Chinese rider deserved the win, but Colin pushed him all the way to the limit. It was an impressive ride, and a great way to secure a well-earned silver medal.”

 With Saturday being the final day of racing at the Paracycling Track Worlds, Enda Smyth and Colin Lynch will once again be in action, racing in the Men’s 1km Time Trials. The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

RESULTS

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Final

Gold LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.40.367

Silver LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.43.423 (NR)

Bronze GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.46.4

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualification:

1.       LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.45.744

2.       LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.46.793

3.       GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.47.934

4.       ECKHARD TIO Maurice (ESP) 3.50.325

Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualification:

1.       OBYDENNOV Alexey (RUS) 3.26.691

2.       BEREYNI Joeseph (USA)  3.27.258

3.       NICHOLAS David (AUS) 3.29.83

10. SMYTH Enda (IRL) 3.40.297 (NR)

Women’s B 1km TT

10th DUNLEVY Katie-George and MCCRYSTAL Eve (IRL) 1.10.893 (NR)

Men’s B 1km TT

10th BROWN James and MCCRYSTAL Bryan (IRL) 1.06.4

SCHEDULE

Saturday 12th April:

Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 1km Time Trial

14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 1km Time Trial

Pictures of the Irish Team in action in Mexico will be issued reproduction fee free by Sportsfile

Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/ 

Lynch in Gold Medal Final in Pursuit at Track World Championships

Reigning Champ Lynch Guaranteed Medal in Pursuit at World Championships in Mexico

Colin Lynch stormed into the Gold Medal Final of the Men’s C2 Pursuit at the Paracycling Track World Championships, with a new National Record of 3.46.793. He will meet the reigning Paralympic Champion from China, Guihua Liang in the Gold medal ride off. Liang qualified with the faster time of 3.45.744, but with 1 second separating the two, this will be a tight battle for Gold. Ireland’s Enda Smyth was also in action today, finishing the Men’s C3 Pursuit in a time of 3.40.297, which put him outside the medals, his final position will be posted later.

Lynch is the reigning World Champion in the Men’s C2 3km Pursuit, having won it in 2012. With this being the first major Track Cycling event since the Paralympic Games it was always going to be an intense race. By making the Gold Medal Final, Lynch is now guaranteed either Gold or Silver.

Speaking after the qualifying rounds Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said

 “Colin was second fastest in the heats, and got a new national record in doing so. He’ll meet the Chinese rider in the final. The track is running slower this morning  with a lower air pressure, and the temperature at 23 degrees. For the final it is going to be a lot faster and hotter. This is going to be an exciting final!”

Temperatures rose to 41.9 degrees in the Velodrome yesterday, affecting the timetable of racing. Lynch is due to compete for gold at approximately 12.30 tonight.

Later today the male and female tandems will be in action in the 1km Time Trial. They finished 4th and 5th respectively yesterday in the Pursuit. The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

RESULTS

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualification:

  1. LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.45.744
  2. LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.46.793
  3. GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.47.934
  4. ECKHARD TIO Maurice (ESP) 3.50.325
     
    Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualification:
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    SCHEDULE
    Friday 11th April:
    16.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal Women’s B 1km TT
    16.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) James Brown & Bryan McCrystal: Men’s B 1km TT
    Approx 18.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 3km Finals
    Saturday 12th April:
    Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 1km Time Trial
    14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 1km Time Trial
     
    Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/  

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