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Gold star: Conor Ferguson
Gold star: Conor Ferguson
David Kelly

By David Kelly

It seemed fitting that Irish swimming legend Andrew Bree was on hand to hail the outstanding performance of Darragh Greene, who broke the two-time Olympian's 200m breaststroke Irish senior record.

Bree placed 11th overall with his new Irish record of 2:10.16 in the semi-finals of the 2008 Beijing Games, two tenths of a second away from the final. But last night, his mark was eclipsed by 24-year-old Greene at the Irish Long Course Championships in the National Aquatic Centre.

Greene, who clocked 2:10.05 and will now be heading to the World Championships in the summer where he can shoot for Tokyo 2020 qualification, was delighted to pick up his record certificate from former champion Bree.

Longford man Greene said: "I would have been happy with a PB, the record is a huge bonus, especially an 11-year-old record. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in the summer now."

It was also a good night for Ulster swimmers with Bangor's Conor Ferguson sparkling in the 50m backstroke.

Ferguson, based at the NAC, will be aiming to hit the World Championship qualification mark in the 100m backstroke tomorrow and gave evidence of his speed as he touched for gold in 25.32 ahead of Rory McEvoy (25.93) while Paddy Johnston of Ards took bronze (26.38).

Larne's Danielle Hill returned to form with victory in the 50m freestyle in 25.77, ahead of UCD's Erin Riordan in 25.94.

American-born Shane Ryan won the 100m freestyle shoot-out with Bangor's Jordan Sloan in a captivating encounter. Ryan clocked 49.28 and Sloan 49.71.

Scotland's Hannah Miley won the 200m breast in 2:29.40 just ahead of Niamh Coyne who clocked 2:30.09. Miley also won the 400m IM.

Templeogue's Ellen Walshe claimed the national title in 4:51.04. Amelia Kane of Ards took silver in 4:45.70 and joined Eoin Corby in hitting times for the European and World Junior Championships.

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