August 13, 2022

Ireland’s Mona McSharry has finished in fifth place in the European Championships 100m Breaststroke Final in Rome this evening. McSharry, who entered the final as the third seed, touched in 1:07.14.

Speaking to RTE afterwards the Tokyo 2020 finalist said, ‘I put high expectations on myself and that’s not really where I wanted to be tonight, it would have been nice to go another 1:06 but that’s the way the cards fall sometimes, and I did all I could.’

Gold and Silver in tonight’s final went to Italy’s Benedetta Pilato (1:05.97) and Lisa Angilioni (1:06.34) with Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte taking Bronze in 1:06.50.

McSharry returns to the pool tomorrow ‘The 200 is tomorrow morning, so it’s really going to be a quick turnaround, I’ll go back, get some food and sleep and mentally prepare for the next couple of days, that’s how your going to get an edge on your competitors now, we’re all doing the same events, we’re all getting up tomorrow morning so there’s nothing different for any of us.’

In the 50m Backstroke semi-final, Danielle Hill clocked 28.54, the exact same time as this morning, and moved up a ranking place to fourteenth overall. The Tokyo Olympian is back in the pool for the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke heats on Monday.

In the 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final Darragh Greene finished in thirteenth place overall in 2:12.73. Greene will be in action again on Monday in the 50m Breaststroke Heats.

Tomorrow, McSharry will be joined by Ellie McCartney and 100m Breaststroke semi-finalist Niamh Coyne in the 200m Breaststroke. Finn McGeever makes his first appearance of the Championships in the 200m Freestyle with Robbie Powell. Shane Ryan competes in the 50m Backstroke while Grace Hodgins will swim the 1500m Freestyle.

Day 3 Results

Women 200m Freestyle Victoria Catterson 2:02.56 (22nd)

Men 100m Butterfly Brendan Hyland 53.36 (26th)

Shane Ryan 54.29 (38th)

Max McCusker 54.36 (39th)

Women 50m Backstroke Danielle Hill 28.54 (15th) SF 28.54 (14th)

Men 200m Breaststroke Darragh Greene 2:12.53 (7th) SF 2:12.73 (13th)

Eoin Corby 2:14.75 (18th)

Women 100m Breaststroke Mona McSharry 1:07.30 (7th) SF1:06.44 F 1:07.14 (5th)

Day 4 Schedule

Men 200m Freestyle Finn McGeever, Robbie Powell

Men 50m Backstroke Shane Ryan

Women 200m Breaststroke Ellie McCartney, Mona McSharry, Niamh Coyne

Women 1500m Freestyle Grace Hodgins