Silver for Ní Riain and a Paris 2024 Slot Secured for Team Ireland

31 July 2023; Roisin Ni Riain of Ireland competes in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S13 during day one of the World Para Swimming Championships 2023 at Manchester Aquatics Centre in Manchester. Photo by Paul Greenwood/Sportsfile

Róisín Ní Riain got Team Ireland’s Para Swimming World Championships off to a flying start by setting a new personal best, winning a silver medal, and securing a slot for at Paris 2024 for Team Ireland all in one go.

Her time of 01:06.00 in the 100m Butterfly Final (S13) saw her shave over two seconds off her previous fastest time to claim silver. A gold or silver medal at the championships means that that athlete’s country wins a slot for Paris 2024.

Speaking after her event Róisín said, “I’m really shocked to be honest! I love this swim as it’s not too much pressure for me. That’s my first PB in that event since Tokyo, I’ve been stuck there for a while so it’s nice to get a PB. I think this was kind of unexpected tonight but it came as a nice surprise, but it definitely takes some of the pressure off for the rest of the week.”

Ni Riain is easily the busiest of Team Ireland as she is pencilled in to swim in five events over the course of the week, two of which could lead to more finals for the Limerick swimmer. Her next event, the 100m Breaststroke Final (S13) is tomorrow evening at 20:15.


Watch Róisín’s full post race interview here:



Para Swimming World Championships Day 1 Results:

Roisin Ni Riain: 100m Butterfly Final (S13) / 01:06.00 / 2nd Place


Day 2 (August 1) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

20:15 – Roisin Ni Riain: 100m Breaststroke Final (event 47)


Day 3 (August 2) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

Nicole Turner: 200m IM Final (event 65)

Barry McClements: 100m Butterfly Heat (event 66)


Day 4 (August 3) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

Roisin Ni Riain: 100m Backstroke Final (event 84)


Day 5 (August 4) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

Nicole Turner: 50m Freestyle Heat (event 122)

Barry McClements: 400m Freestyle Heat (event 105)


Day 6 (August 5) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

Roisin Ni Riain: 400m Freestyle Heat (event 127)

Nicole Turner: 100m Breaststroke Final (event 144)

Barry McClements: 100m Backstroke Heat (event 143)


Day 7 (August 6) Para Swimming World Championships Schedule:

Roisin Ni Riain: 200m IM Heat (event 160)

Ellen Keane: 100m Breaststroke Heat (event 150)

Nicole Turner: 50m Butterfly Final (event 166)

Dearbhaile Brady: 50m Butterfly Final (event 166)

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