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On his way: Bangor’s Jack McMillan has been selected for the relay in Tokyo. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

On his way: Bangor’s Jack McMillan has been selected for the relay in Tokyo. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

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On his way: Bangor’s Jack McMillan has been selected for the relay in Tokyo. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Three swimmers from Northern Ireland have been selected for the Irish swimming team for the Olympics.

Armagh’s Daniel Wiffen (800m and 1500m freestyle) and Danielle Hill (100m backstroke and 50m freestyle) from Larne will be joined by Bangor’s Jack McMillan after his place in the 4x200m freestyle relay was confirmed.

A record nine Irish swimmers will compete, taking part in 14 events in the newly-built Tokyo Aquatic Centre beginning on Saturday, July 24.

As expected, there was no late reprieve for Ireland’s 4x100m medley relay team, who were initially informed by world governing body FINA that they had qualified.

However, the decision was rescinded 48 hours later after FINA said the invitation was “issued in error”.

The Greek relay team had posted a faster time and they got the slot ahead of the Irish. The Team Ireland Olympic quota spot in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay was confirmed later.

This is the largest team of swimmers Ireland has ever sent to the Olympic Games and they are joined by two divers — Tanya Watson and Oliver Dingley.

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Qualifiers: Darragh Greene, Danielle Hill, Brendan Hyland, Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan, Mona McSharry, Shane Ryan, Ellen Walshe, Daniel Wiffen.


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