Updated: 01/07/17 : 08:10:04
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McSharry pool record and medal in Israel

GRANGE TEENAGER Mona McSharry had the best swim of her career and took silver at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Israel yesterday, Friday.

The 16-year-old shaved almost two seconds off her quickest time in the 200 metres breaststroke final.

McSharry finished second in a new Irish senior record time of 2:27.44.

The young Sligo woman had already won gold on Wednesday in the 50 metres breaststroke event.

Yesterday, McSharry was the third fastest qualifier going into the final after a swim of 2:29.42 in Thursday's semi-final.

Gold looked it again headed for Grange as McSharry led for over 190 metres in the gruelling final.

However, Layla Black of Great Britain edged it in the final five metres and got the touch in 2:27.31 -- a tenth of a second separating the two.

Grange (Nth Sligo) teen Mona McSharry proudly displays her Gold medal earlier this week in Israel.

Hard Race

McSharry's time shattered her own Irish junior record of 2:29.22 and broke Fiona Doyle’s 2015 senior record of 2:27.63.

Said McSharry: "The 200m is a hard race to do and to be able to come out with a medal at all is great.

''To come second in an event that I wouldn’t be as fond of is just great at European level.

"I went out quite fast, faster than I had hoped this evening but it didn’t tire me out as much as I thought it would and I just pushed it on the last 50m, it’s painful but it’s worth it."

Long Evenings

McSharry returns to the pool today, Saturday, for the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke.

Hopes are high, as this is an event in which she won silver in in 2016.

"I’m excited, I can’t wait to see the 100 metres now," she told RTÉ of today's race.

Added McSharry: ''It is the end of the week, I will be tired, long evenings and early mornings, but we’ll see what happens."

The Grange teenager is attached to the Marlins club in Ballyshannon.