October 10, 2018

It was a night to remember for Niamh Coyne as the 17-year-old claimed Silver in the 100m Breaststroke at the World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ireland’s first ever swimming medal at the event.

Coyne, who trains at Swim Ireland’s National Centre in Dublin, turned sixth at the halfway mark of the final and then had a blistering last 25 metres to finish in 1:08.90 for second place. The Tallaght native had progressed to the final after swimming 1:09.24 in the heats and had advanced from the semi-final in third place in 1:08.90, the same time as her medal winning swim.

Speaking to the Olympic Federation of Ireland Niamh was delighted and commented; “I wasn’t really expecting to medal out here, it’s October which is a weird time for swimmers. I was really happy with it. The first 50 I build and get my turn right, and then after that just go for it.”

At the halfway point Coyne was lying sixth, with McSharry leading, Coyne said; “I couldn’t really see anyone, even with the turn, I couldn’t see anyone so I didn’t know where I was. I just thought touch the wall, for the last 25 metres. I was just shocked and just happy, this is probably my top achievement. I still have the 200 left, I’ll probably keep my head down until that’s over.”

Mona McSharry was agonisingly close to a medal in the same race, finishing in fourth place for the second time this week. The 18-year-old Ballyshannon Marlins swimmer lead for the majority of the race but was caught in the end by Makarova of Russia and Coyne and pipped at the very end by Lithuania’s Teterevkova missing the podium by just two hundredths of a second, touching in 1:08.97. McSharry was swimming out in Lane 1 and had a much-improved performance from the semi-final where she had progressed in 8th in 1:09.74.

Makarova was a convincing winner in 1:07.88 while Teterevkova claimed the bronze medal in 1:08.90.

McSharry returns to the pool tomorrow for the 50m Freestyle with Robbie Powell swimming in the 100m Freestyle while Coyne and McSharry will compete in the 200m Breaststroke heats on Friday.

World Youth Olympic Games

Day 4 Results

Women 100m Breaststroke   

Mona McSharry                   H 1:09.24 (2nd)     SF 1:09.74 (8th)     F 1:08.97 (4th)  

Niamh Coyne                      H 1:09.49 (4th)     SF 1:08.90 (3rd)     F 1:08.90 (2nd)