Updated: 29/08/17 : 05:35:05
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McSharry's 'huge effort' fourth in world swim final

MONA McSHARRY finished fourth in the 200 Metres Breaststroke Junior World Swimming Championships in the United States last night, Monday.

McSharry was in the pool shortly after 11pm Irish time, bidding to add to her gold and bronze won earlier in the weekend.

McSharry missed a further medal by fingertips, finishing just over 0.2 of a second behind third place.

The Sligo woman led for the first 150 metres of her race but tired in the final 50 metres after a hectic week.

The winner in last night's race was Zoe Bartel of the United States.

McSharry had beaten Bartel into third place as she took gold for Grange and Ireland at the weekend in the 100 metres breaststroke final.

Hopes were high last night after McSharry had earlier in the afternoon qualified for the final from fifth position in heat four.

McSharry qualified as one of the fastest losers, in a time of 2:30:07.

Huge Effort

Last night, McSharry finished just outside the medals and another podium position in a time of 2: 27:67, said a Swim Ireland tweet.

Said Swim Ireland: ''She put in a huge effort in the final, leading from the start to the turn at 150 metres.

''But it was too much over the last 50 metres as USA’s Zoe Bartel (2:25.68) powered through for the win ahead of her USA team mate Ella Nelson (2:27.04),'' said Swim Ireland.

Sporting Records

Great Britain’s Anabel Guye-Johnson (2:27.42) got home for bronze.

In the greatest week of her sporting life, the Grange teenager established two Irish national sporting records at the finals in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

In the space of eight weeks, MacSharry has struck gold at both World Championship and European level.

She has won gold in 100 metres breaststroke in both world and European competition this summer.

Swimming with the Marlin Club in Ballyshannon, McSharry holds bronze in 2017 in the 50 metres breaststroke, also at European and World Championship level.

Finally this summer she won silver in the 200 metres breaststroke final in the European finals.

McSharry will now step up to senior rank and will confidently look ahead to the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.