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Mona is thrilled after breaking Irish record to land Euro silver


By Robert Jones

Mona McSharry had the swim of her life in the 200m breaststroke final at the European Junior Championships in Israel.

The 16-year-old from Sligo shaved almost two seconds off her best to claim silver in a new Irish senior record of 2:27.44.

McSharry, who won gold in the 50m breaststroke on Wednesday, was the third fastest qualifier after a swim of 2:29.42 in Thursday's semi-final.

In the final, the Marlins (Ballyshannon) swimmer led until five metres from the wall where Great Britain's Layla Black got the touch in 2:27.31.

A delighted McSharry said: "The 200m is a hard race and to be able to come out with a medal at all is great. To come second in an event I wouldn't be as fond of is just great at European level.

"I went out faster than I had hoped but it didn't tire me out and I just pushed it in the last 50m, it's painful but it's worth it."

McSharry is back in the pool today for the heats of the 100m breaststroke, and is seeded as the fastest swimmer in the event in which she won silver in 2016.

Earlier yesterday, Ards' Rebecca Reid won her 50m backstroke heat in her best time of 30.26 and, swimming in the fastest heat of the 200m freestyle, Lisburn's Rachel Bethel clocked 2:04.32 to place 24th overall.

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