Mona McSharry finishes seventh in 200m breaststroke final

Ireland's Mona McSharry finished in seventh place in the 200m Breaststroke final at the European Championships in Rome
Mona McSharry finishes seventh in 200m breaststroke final

SEVENTH: Ireland’s Mona McSharry after the 200m breaststroke final. Pic: INPHO/Andrea Staccioli

Ireland's Mona McSharry finished in seventh place in the 200m breaststroke final at the European Championships in Rome.

The Sligo woman had started brightly and was in second place after 50m and again after 100m.

But she started to fade on the third leg and turned in fifth position at 150m, eventually dropping back to finish in seventh in a time of 2:26.96.

The race was won by Switzerland's Lisa Mamie in a time of 2:23:27.

Home favourite Martina Carraro finished second in a time of 2:23:64.

The Italian had finished seventh in the Olympic 100m breaststroke final last year, ahead of McSharry in eighth.

While Kotryna Teterevkova of Lithuania, who had flown out of the blocks to lead after 50m and 100m, claimed the bronze medal in a time of 2:24:16.

Those times meant McSharry would have to have lowered the Irish record to finish in the medals.

“It didn’t go the way that I had planned,” McSharry told RTÉ afterwards. “I think I let myself get a little bit excited and just went out a little hard in the first 100m, I paid the price the second 100m, but look, that’s the cost of learning.

“That’s all I can do really after this race: Continue on and find ways to improve.

“I should have trusted my own process more and maybe hung back a little bit. Sometimes excitement just gets the better of you.

“I really was just so excited to race that which is not a feeling I normally have before the 200.”

McSharry finished fifth in the 100m breaststroke final at these championships on Saturday.

She is back in the pool in the morning for the 50m breaststroke heats.

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