GRANGE GOT Gold in the World Junior Swimming Championships in the United States on Saturday.
Mona McSharry romped home with an Irish record time of 1:07:10 in the 100 metres breaststroke finals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Said McSharry: ''It’s wonderful to win here at the World Juniors, to stand on top of the podium and hear our anthem played.
''I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me on my journey so far,'' said MacSharry, adding: ''And now for the 200m (Breaststroke) – I’m not finished yet!”
*** McSharry led the race from start to finish, besting Canada and United States;
*** The teenager beat her own previous personal best for the distance;
*** Best of all, the Grange woman set a new Irish record on her way to winning.
McSharry's name with Ireland's Tricolour were flashed in the pool as she crossed the line to claim gold.
RTE television also recorded her achievement and highlighted her hometown in its main TV news bulletins last evening.
station's online coverage features a ''delighted'' McSharry alongside
the All Ireland GAA football semi finals, boxer Conor McGregor's
exploits and Liverpool's crushing of Arsenal.
North Sligo woman was just 0.37 seconds ahead of her main rivals, Faith
Knelson of Canada and Zoe Bartel of the United States.
wonderful to win here at the World Juniors, to stand on top of the
podium and hear our anthem played. I’d like to thank everyone who has
supported me on my journey so far; and now for the 200m (Breaststroke) –
I’m not finished yet!”
This is the second new Irish record in 72 hours involving Mona McSharry.
Early last Friday morning, she was part of the 4 x 100 Mixed Relay Irish team which set a new national record.
Incredibly that feat was achieved for the senior record books, although she is still officially only a junior swimmer.
The World Junior Championships have been a stunning personal and Irish team triumph for McSharry.
She claimed a bronze medal and podium position last Thursday night, Irish time, in the 50 metres breaststroke event.
June, McSharry who swims with the Marlin Club in Ballyshannon claimed
gold when the European Championships were held in Israel.