Mona McSharry just missed out on a second medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow as she finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke final.
The 19-year-old Donegal-based swimmer from the tiny Marlin's club in Balllyshannon had already won a bronze medal in the 50 metres breaststroke and last night produced a superb swim to qualify fastest in the 100 breaststroke, her favoured event.
The teenager won the junior world championship in the 100m in 2017 and after her semi-final win, McSharry was .27 of a second ahead of the rest of the finalists, giving her the centre lane four for the decider and marking her as the gold medal favourite.
The race started well for McSharry who led at the half-way mark having taken the race out strongly, but the exertions of the week began to take their toll on the Irish teenager and she was passed at the three quarter mark by Italy’s Martina Carraro.
The Italian powered on to take the gold and behind her McSharry found herself passed by a second Italian, Arianna Castiglioni, and as they reached the wall, the Irish swimmer was touched off by Jenna Laukkanen of Finland for the bronze medal
McSharry’s time of 1.05.16 was almost a second slower than her Irish record breaking semi-final.
Joining McSharry in semi-final action were Larne’s Danielle Hill and Bangor’s Jordan Sloan.
Hill, who made the semi-final of the women’s 100m backstroke earlier this week, broke her own Irish record of 26.75 seconds, to rank 11th of the semi-finalists and outside of final qualification.
Sloan produced his personal best in the men’s blue riband, the 100m freestyle heats this morning, with a time of 47.58 that was enough for 15th place overall.
In the last 16, Sloan then finished eighth in his semi-final in 47.54 seconds, ranking him 15th overall and not enough for a top eight birth.
The Irish mixed 4x50m freestyle relay squad of Shane Ryan, Jack McMillan, Hill and McSharry, also qualified for the final where they finished eighth in a new Irish record time of 1.31.86 seconds
Ryan, leading off, also set a new Irish 50 freestyle record in 21.41 seconds
The heats are off the blocks on the final day of competition at 9.30am on Sunday and will be live on the RTE Player
Mona McSharry was denied a second medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships when she finished fourth in the 100m Breaststroke final pic.twitter.com/z669Tcbhog— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 7, 2019