Mona McSharry racks up a fourth new Irish record in Abu Dhabi

Sligo star becomes first Irish woman to swim 100m individual medley in under a minute

Mona McSharry in action during the 100m individual medley semi-finals at the Fina World Short Course Swimming Championships at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli/Inpho

Mona McSharry made it four new Irish senior records in five races at the Fina world Short Course Swimming Championships after setting a new standard for the 100m individual medley in Saturday’s semi-final.

McSharry broke her own 100m IM record in the heats, when swimming 59.65 to become the first Irish woman to go under a minute in this event. She went into the semi-final ranked joint 15th and stormed home in 59.35 to move up the 13th place overall.

The Sligo swimmer bettered the 50m breaststroke record in the semi-final and final and it now stands at 29.59.

With fellow Olympian Ellen Walshe breaking a 27-year-old record in the 400m IM heats, and then bettering that in the final when taking the silver medal, Ireland has now achieved six new Irish senior records at the championships.


McSharry returns to action on Sunday morning in the 100m breaststroke heats, where she will be joined by Niamh Coyne. This is the event in which McSharry became Ireland’s first Olympic finalist in 25 years at Tokyo 2020.

Also swimming on Sunday is Calum Bain in the 50m butterfly heats, Danielle Hill in 50m backstroke and the men's 4x200m freestyle relay team, set to feature Jack McMillan, Jordan Sloan, Finn McGeever and Robbie Powell.