Mona McSharry reaches European final

Sligo swimmer Mona McSharry will compete for Ireland in the final of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on Wednesday evening.

The Grange woman qualified sixth fastest from the semi-finals, clocking a time of 1:06.42, her second fastest time in the event to date.

McSharry’s PB for the distance is 1:06.29.

The 100 metres breaststroke will be McSharry’s Olympic event in Tokyo this summer.

Speaking after her semi-final, McSharry said: “I feel great! If you had told me I would swim 1:06 this year, I’d have been over the moon, and now I’ve just done two 1:06 swims in a few hours and, I don’t want to say easily, but comfortable enough that I know I could do it again.
“It just gives me so much confidence in the build-up to the Olympics.”

Wednesday’s final is scheduled to take place at 5:25pm Irish time.

You can watch the race live here.