Updated: 04/09/17 : 05:42:41
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Big welcome home for World Champion Mona McSharry

Over 400 well wishers and fans turned up last night to welcome home World Champion swimmer Mona McSharry to Sligo.

The welcome was hosted by the North Sligo Sports Complex in the champion's home town of Grange.

Clearly amazed by the welcome home event the 17-year-old she told RTÉ that winning hasn't really hit her yet. "When I look back it's absolutely amazing but I've a job to do and it's not done yet. So I put it [World Championship] aside and keep going."

Mona who trains with the Marlins Swim Club in Ballyshannon took Gold when she romped home with an Irish record time of 1:07:10 in the 100 metres breaststroke finals in the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

She told Ocean FM last night, "When I got on the block for my first race, the 50m, I was shaking because of the atmosphere and so many people watching. It was just insane. To get the medal in the 50m was a great confidence booster and I went into the 100m knowing I was in the top three and had a chance."

       Mona with family members last night in Grange.
Photo: Swim Ireland Twitter

She said after winning the Gold Medal, ''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!”

                              The Congratulatory Cake.
Photo: Swim Ireland Twitter

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.