Golden girl McSharry gunning for more glory
Sligo’s Mona McSharry aims for more glory in the 200m breaststroke today after claiming gold for Ireland at the 100m event in the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday.
She won Ireland’s second world swimming title in just four days after Shane Ryan’s 50m backstroke gold medal win at the World University Games on Wednesday and the country’s fourth world swimming medal this week.
Donegal girl McSharry lead from start to the finish in Saturday’s race, winning out by .37 of a second over silver medallist Faith Knelson of Canada (1:07.47).
Racing to the championship title and gold medal, the Marlin’s SC star eclipsed Fiona Doyle’s 2015 Irish
record of 1:07.15 by five hundredths of a second winning in 1:07.10, knocking almost three-tenths of a second off her own previous best of 1:07.38 from this year’s Irish Open Swimming Championships.
Doyle’s time was her qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A delighted McSharry spoke after the race: “It’s wonderful to win here at the World Juniors, to stand on top of the podium and hear our anthem played,” she said.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me on my journey so far; and now for the 200m (breaststroke) – I’m not finished yet!”
In just eight weeks, the newly crowned world champion has won world and European 100m breaststroke gold, world bronze and European gold in the 50m breaststroke and European 200m breaststroke silver, the world 200m event takes place today.