Tokyo 2020 finalist Mona McSharry set her second Irish senior competition record on Friday, finishing fourth in the 50m breaststroke final at the 15th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi.
Taking place at the Etihad Arena, the championships are the 2021 swimming world final and the highlight of the short course (25m pool) season.
McSharry of Sligo, based at the University of Tennessee in the United States, set a new senior Irish record of 29.65 in the semi-final of the 50 breaststroke and improved it in the final, with a time of 29.59.
She was fourth, 0.04s behind the medals, with Israeli Anastasia Gorbenko winning gold, Italy’s Benedetta Pilato second and Sweden’s Sophie Hansson third.
McSharry made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer and became Ireland’s first Olympic swimming finalist in 25 years qualifying for the 100m breaststroke final.
She will compete in that event on Monday, with the 100m individual medley scheduled for her on Saturday, and the 200m breaststroke is expected to conclude her championships on Tuesday. Silver medalist in the 400m medley Ellen Walshe in the 50m butterfly and Calum Bain in the 50m freestyle will also compete for Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The heat session starts at 5.30am Irish time