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McSharry keeps on winning as she storms into another final at World Championships

Bangor swimmer Conor Ferguson is also in action in the 200m backstroke final tonight.

Mona McSharry (file pic).
Mona McSharry (file pic).
Image: Andrea Masini/INPHO

THIS SUMMER JUST keeps getting better and better for Irish swimming sensation Mona McSharry.

Just turned 17, the Sligo native continued her emphatic form at the World Junior Swimming Championships today, powering into the 200m breastroke final.

On Saturday night, she won 100m breastroke gold at the Championships in Indianapolis and is now firmly on course for a double gold in the breastroke.

McSharry stormed to victory in her heat earlier today, winning in a time of 2:30.07. She finished 1.28 of a second ahead of Canadian Faith Nelson in second place.

In doing so, she’s qualified for the final with the fifth fastest time across the six heats.

The past eight weeks have seen the Marlins (Ballyshannon) swimmer clock up an impressive haul – European 100m breastroke gold, 200m breastroke silver, and European gold in the 50m breaststroke — and that was before her World gold and bronze at this Championships.

Ireland’s Niamh Coyne competed in the same heat today, finishing seventh in a time of 2:37.40.

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The final takes place tonight, and Conor Ferguson — who won a silver medal in the 50m backstroke at this summer’s European Junior Championships — will also be taking to the water in the 200m backstroke final.

He finished second in his heat in a time of 2:01.56, and qualified as the eight fastest overall.

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