Mona McSharry clocked a time of 1:06.94 as she came home in eighth place in a competitive 100m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Sligo swimmer has posted faster times over the distance but reaching an Olympic final perhaps surpassed her ambition at these Games, with new goals now set ahead of Paris 2024.
Lydia Jacoby of the United States took gold, with Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa winning the silver and American Lilly King taking bronze.
"I think I put in a good fight. I'm happy to come away from my first ever Olympics with an eighth place. It's really not that bad..." - Mona McSharry reflects on her first Olympic final pic.twitter.com/PVAzc8kTqr— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 27, 2021
Speaking afterwards McSharry, not for the first time, spoke about the "amazing" experience of competing at an Olympics, while adding that "times don't matter, it's all about competing. I think I put in a good fight. I'm happy to come away from my first ever Olympics with an eighth place. It's really not that bad."
The 20-year-old was second fastest off the blocks. In analysing the race, she added: "I was trying to go out kind of smooth, replicate what I did yesterday morning, but go a little faster. I probably went a little too long coming off the wall and I lost a little bit of speed there.
"My tactic was then to race home like I did yesterday, I thought I did that but it's hard to tell how you did until you watched it.
"I'm happy overall - three swims under 1:07 is really good. If you had told me I would have swam 1:06 I would have been really happy with that. It shows a consistency and that the training is working."
McSharry also thanked those who got up at 3am to watch her race and for the many messages of support she received in the last few days.
Looking ahead to Paris 2024, she said: "I'm very excited, I think it's going to be a short three years. Making a final was my target for 2024, so I guess we'll have to sit down and make some new targets."