Ireland Capture Silver Medal On Opening Day Of World Swimming Championships

They're taking place in Abu Dhabi this week.

Ireland are off the mark on the first day of the World Short-course Swimming Championships. 

Ellen Walshe has picked up a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley earlier, Ireland's first ever in an Olympic event. 

The Dublin swimmer, based at the University of Tennessee, beat a 27-year-old Irish Senior Record to qualify for the Final before knocking off another four seconds from that time to claim her first international senior medal in an impressive 4:26.52.

Reflecting immediately after the race, Ellen Walshe said:

“It doesn’t feel real yet. I knew it was going to be a fast field. It’s just really nice to walk out for my family, friends and country. It feels great to get on the podium, I haven’t been there in quite a while. Tessa [Cieplucha] who won it is a team mate of mine in University of Tennessee, so it’s really nice that I get to stand on the podium with her later today.”

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