October 09, 2018

Fantastic swims from both Mona McSharry & Niamh Coyne saw them finish in 4th and 5th place in the final of the 50m Breaststroke at the World Youth Olympic Games last night. Mona was 4th in 31.96 with Niamh just behind in 5th in 32.02. 

Speaking to the Olympic Federation of Ireland after the race Mona said -

“I progressed it on from last night – I wasn’t happy with last night’s performance – so I was happy that I was able to come back and swim a faster time. Obviously it’s good, I’m gutted to be fourth – but it’s still fourth. I’m happy with that." 

This is an unusual time of the year for the swimmers to be competing, and McSharry was pleased to produce a season best in the pool – 

“It’s very early in the season – normally we are just starting back now, into the long preparation – so it’s hard to be ready and on form at this time of year – so I’m happy with that time – it’s a season best at the moment.” 

Both girls are back in the pool today for the 100m Breaststroke heats with Robbie Powell making his debut in the 50m Freestyle. Preliminaries start at 2pm (Ireland) and can be watched live HERE.