Another Irish record for Mona McSharry at World Short Course Championships

Mona McSharry has qualified for another final at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi – and in the process – set a new Irish record for the 100 metres breaststroke.

The Sligo woman finished second in her semi-final in a new PB of 1:04:22 to qualify third fastest overall for Monday’s final.

McSharry finished second behind China’s Qianting Tang in her semi-final.

The final is scheduled for 3:48pm (Irish time) on Monday afternoon.

She has now broken five Irish record across three different events at these championships to date.

Speaking to Ocean FM Sport after the race, McSharry’s home coach Grace Meade said she has every chance of  a medal in the final.

“It was a lovely swim to watch – she swam it very well.  She swam it very strongly.

“To get an Irish senior record in doing so is magnificent.

“It’s really anybody’s race once you get your hands on the wall – the top four (swimmers) there would be within a couple of hundredths of seconds of one another.