October 12, 2018

Mona McSharry ensured a place in her third final at the World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last night after a blistering swim in the semi-final of the 50m Freestyle where she set a new Irish Senior Record and cemented her place as Ireland's fastest ever female swimmer!

McSharry had comfortably progressed from yesterday's heats after a fine morning swim of 25.76 to win the first seeded heat, the time leaving her in fifth place overall.

Clearly re-focused after her two fourth places in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, the 18-year-old clocked a blistering 25.42 for second place in her heat and second overall to secure a centre lane for tonight's 10pm Final.

Speaking the the Olympic Federation of Ireland after her race McSharry said

“I just got out of the block, and honestly I felt a bit tired, I’ve been feeling tired in the evenings, it’s quite warm in here. I just dived in, and powered through my leg kick, burst out through the water, took my three breaths when I needed to and just hammered into the wall. I just got that time! I’m really excited about that (the final), I wanted to make the final in the 50 but after my breaststroke events I didn’t expect that, it’s just amazing!”

National Centre Dublin and Athlones Robbie Powell was also in impressive form last night. Powell, who has had a busy few weeks with a move to Dublin and the start of his college course in DCU, clocked a brilliant 50.76 in his semi-final in the men’s 100 freestyle. Powell’s final 11th place was much improved from 15th going into the semi-finals.

Speaking after the race, Powell was happy with his performance, “it went great, I think I did the process really well, I added to my performance earlier, and that’s the main thing. The outcome doesn’t really matter here, just the process. My coach Ben told me to go out in control, be at their hips, but I think I was ahead of their hips, so maybe I was a bit too fast. I tried to do a Niamh Coyne on it and do the back end pretty well.”


Mona McSharry

Robbie Powell

World Youth Olympic Games

Day 4 Results

Women 50m Freestyle       Mona McSharry                   H 25.76 (5th)         SF 25.42 (2nd)

Men 100m Freestyle          Robbie Powell                    H 51.19 (15th)       SF 50.76 (11th)