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22 Jan 2022

Olympians Walshe and McSharry through to finals session on day one of World Short Course Swimming Championships

World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi

Odds slashed - Mona McSharry 7/1 From 20/1 to get Irish amongst the medals In Tokyo

Mona McSharry

Olympic finalist Mona McSharry came close to her Irish Senior Record on Thursday morning when advancing to the 50m Breaststroke Semi Finals of the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi.

McSharry already owns a LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Bronze Medal in this event from the 2019 edition of that competition in Glasgow. She set the current Irish Senior Record of 29.87 in that final. Finishing fourth overall in the heats today, she posted 29.90. This was her first race for Ireland since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer, where she finished eighth overall in 100m Breaststroke.

Mona McSharry said: “I haven’t raced at a Worlds in quite a while now. That’s a really good race to set me up. It felt great. I love the buzz, so I’m just excited to see what comes next.” On the Etihad Arena, laid-out temporarily as a swimming venue for this meet, she added: “It’s beautiful, little bit cold, but that just means you have to be more prepared and bring a few more layers.

Irish Olympian Ellen Walshe on Thursday morning won her 400m Individual Medley heat in an Irish Senior Record time to book her spot in the Final at the 15th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi. Taking place at the Etihad Arena, the Championships are world swimming’s finale of 2021 and the culmination of the short course (25m pool) season. The Dublin swimmer, based at University of Tennessee in the US, was always in the first two in the outside lane nine and came through to beat Canada’s Bailey Andison in 4:30.78. The time smashed the previous Irish Senior Record of 4:36.84 set by Michelle Smith in 1994. This was the oldest Irish Senior Record in swimming and has sat on the books for 27 years. She will swim again in the Final on Thursday at 14:49 Irish time.

Ellen Walshe said: “It feels really good. It was a really strong swim. I went at it from the start, so I’m happy with it. We have a little bit of a crowd and it definitely makes a difference. I just did my own thing from the inside lane.”

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