Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rio '16 - Swimming

With just 50 days to go to the start of Rio 2016, the Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed the selection of  swimmers Fiona Doyle, Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn  and diver Oliver Dingley

Fiona Doyle qualified when she finished 3rd in the 100m breaststroke at the World University Games in South Korea last July.  In the 100m backstroke, Shane Ryan became the first to qualify in a 50m pool in Ireland at the Dave McCullagh Meet in Bangor last March. Nicholas Quinn qualified with a win and a new championships record in the 200m breaststroke at April's Eindhoven Swim Cup.

Oliver Dingley is Ireland’s first diver to qualify since Dubliner Eddie Heron competed at the 1948 London Olympics. Dingley's 11th in the preliminary round at the Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro last  February was enough to see him book his place.

Doyle, Ryan and Quinn are now back  at home after a two-week training camp in Barcelona. They travel to Uberlandia, the Irish training base for Rio, on July 25 for a two-week camp ahead of the start of the swimming competition on August 6. Dingley, currently training  in Spain, will compete at next week's Italian National Diving Championshipsand. After the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Bolzano, Italy from July 15 – 17, he will travel directly to the Olympic Village on August 3.

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