Niamh Coyne claimed a silver medal for Ireland at the Youth Olympic Games, while Mona McSharry missed out on a medal by .02 of a second.

Both Coyne and McSharry went in the final of Women’s 100m Breaststroke, and it was McSharry who set the early pace.

The World Junior Champion got off to a great start and raced into an early lead, making the turn in first place with a lead of .4 of a second.

However McSharry began to tire in the second half of the race and was quickly overtaken by Russian Anastasia Makarova while the rest of the field ate into her lead.

Meanwhile Coyne was biding her time and with 25 metres to go, really began a strong push for home and while she couldn’t catch the eventual winner Makarova, she still did enough to finish second in a time of 1:08.90.

Lithuania’s Kotryna Teterevkova took the bronze medal in 1.08.95, with McSharry an agonising .02 of a second behind her in fourth.

Earlier in the day there was disappointment for Team Ireland on the tennis court and in the swimming pool.

Georgia Drummy was beaten 0-2 by Latvian Daniela Vismane in the women’s tennis singles.

Vismane put the pressure on from the start, winning the first set 6-2. Drummy fought back in an attempt to gain control in the second set, but the Latvian proved too strong, winning the second set 6-2, and moving into the quarter finals.

A disappointed Drummy said afterwards: "I knew she [Vismane] was going to be quite good on clay, she moves well and plays a lot of high heavy balls, so I was aware of that.

"I think I just didn’t play my best tennis and I wasn’t making enough balls in the court. I was being too aggressive, and I wasn’t putting it out."

In the pool, Robert Powell finishing 8th in his heat with a time of 26.35 in the men’s 50 butterfly heats. This was outside his personal best time of 25.19 which he recorded earlier this year.

Athlone swimmer Powell will now switch his focus to the heats of the men’s 100 freestyle tomorrow.