Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mona McSharry brings home a famous gold medal for Ireland

Mona McSharry is Ireland's golden girl in Israel
Mona McSharry is Ireland's golden girl in Israel

Irish swimming has enjoyed a golden moment at swimming's European Junior Championships in Israel after Mona McSharry claimed the top spot on the podium in the 50m breaststroke.

The 16-year-old from Grange, Co. Sligo, and a member of the Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshannon, progressed from the semi-final to final with a new Irish senior record of 30.91 seconds, breaking Fiona Doyle’s record of 30.93 seconds that has stood since 2013.

McSharry followed that up with a 31.38 second swim to see of Poland's Weronika Hellmann (31.55) and secure a gold medal.

The rising star of Irish swimming claimed a bronze medal at the same event last year, with this golden moment the first for an Irish swimmer since London 2012 Olympian Sycerika McMahon won the 50m breaststroke and 400m freestyle gold in 2011.

McSharry will go for a second gold as she gets back in the pool on Thursday for the 200m breaststroke heats alongside compatriot with Niamh Coyne.

There will be further Irish interest as Robbie Powell and Jack McMillan will compete at the 100m freestyle, with Powell also entered in the 200m butterfly.

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