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McSharry Breaks Irish Record for Fifth in European Final

Mona McSharry capped an incredible year in the pool tonight with a new Irish Record and fifth place finish in the 100m Breaststroke at the European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen.

An outstanding performance from the 17-year-old saw her just two tenths of a second away from the bronze medal in an Irish record time of 1:05.01, breaking her own record of 1:05.27, in what was her first final at senior international level.

A delighted McSharry spoke after the race “It was unbelievable, even to walk out there and the crowd was going crazy and that whole atmosphere, that’s why I do this, because I want to be in those finals and I want to be doing as good as I can. I got a pb (personal best) and a new Irish Senior Record so it’s unbelievable really.”

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte topped the podium in the event, adding 100m Breaststroke Gold to her 50m Gold from earlier in the week in 1:03.79, Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was second in 1:04.25 with Jessica Vall Montero of Spain claiming bronze in 1:04.80.

Interview: Mona McSharry (

To top off her weekend Mona McSharry was voted RTE Young Sportsperson of the Year Award. What a year for Mona McSharry !

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