Mona McSharry is through to the 100m Breaststroke Final following another Olympic Qualification Time (OQT) swim at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. McSharry is now just the third Irish swimmer and first female swimmer in 29 years to make a world-long course (50m) final.
The 22-year-old had advanced to the semi-final in second place in a new Irish Record time of 1:05.55, her first time under sixty-six seconds. This afternoon, the Sligo woman swam her second fastest time ever of 1:05.96, for second in her semi-final, held off only by 2016 Olympic Champion and current world record holder Lily King (1:05.45) of the USA.
2012 Olympic Champion and former world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania once again lead the rankings in 1:05.09 with King second, and 200m Breaststroke Olympic Champion Tatjana Schoenmaker third in 1:05.53, leaving McSharry ranked fourth going into tomorrow’s final.
Speaking after the race McSharry said, “I’m super excited, I was reminiscing today about my last worlds which was in 2017 and I remember watching the final with my coach Grace and I was just in awe, so to be able to look forward six years now and actually be in that final that I was just watching and so excited to witness is really exciting.”
She continued, “Knowing that I got the Olympic time and that’s inevitably what I came here to do in such a big swim this morning, I was like if I can get anywhere near that I’ll be happy, and that’s what it is now a bonus, being able to progress through the rounds like I have is great.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Final McSharry said, “Getting my hand on that wall as quick as possible, really just race. We’ve got some great people in there, world record holders, Olympic medal winners and that’s really exciting and to be able to race against them is just great.”
The 100m Breaststroke Final will take place tomorrow at 1:45pm.
Also, in action this morning, Larne’s Danielle Hill made her individual World Championships debut in the 100m Backstroke clocking 1:01.51. Hill has a busy week ahead and will return to the pool on Wednesday for the 50m Backstroke.
Conor Ferguson touched in 54.36 in the 100m Backstroke for twenty second place overall in a star-studded field where a 53 second swim would have been required to progress to the semi-final. Ferguson returns on Saturday for the 50m Backstroke.
Tomorrow morning, Darragh Greene returns for his second swim of the week in the 50m Breaststroke, Victoria Catterson makes her individual debut in her main event, the 200m Freestyle and Daniel Wiffen makes his first appearance of the Championships in the heats of the 800m Freestyle.
Monday 24th July Results
Women 100m Backstroke Danielle Hill 1:01.51 (27th)
Men 100m Backstroke Conor Ferguson 54.36 (22nd)
Women 100m Breaststroke Mona McSharry 1:05.55 (2nd) ISR/OQT SF 1:05.96 (4th)
Tuesday 25th July Schedule
Men 50m Breaststroke Darragh Greene 2:32am (IRE)
Women 200m Freestyle Victoria Catterson 2:47am (IRE)
Men 800m Freestyle Daniel Wiffen 3:32am (IRE)
Women 100m Breaststroke Final Mona McSharry 1:45pm (IRE)