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Sarah Healy finalist for the Women’s Rising Star Award

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European Athletics confirmed, Tuesday last, that after weeks of voting, Sarah Healy was one of the three finalists for the prestigious Women's Rising Star Award. Also nominated alongside Healy are Elvira Herman from Belarus and Spain's Maria Vicente.

Ahead of the Golden Tracks award ceremony, European Athletics took a closer look at the finalists to remember their performances which put them in contention for the prestigious accolade. “Sarah Healy was one of two athletes to win two individual gold medals at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, winning both the 1500m and 3000m titles in championship record times. The Irishwoman was a cut above the opposition in both finals, winning the 1500m title by 3.4 seconds and the 3000m title by 5.96”.

Healy marked herself out as athlete of immense talent when she won gold in both the 1,500m and 3,00om at the European U-18 championships in Győr, Hungary this July.

Prior to this, the 17-year-old smashed Ciara Mageean's Irish senior girls 1500m record with a 4:18.32 at the All-Ireland schools’ track and field championships in June. She also set a new Irish Youth and Under-20 record over 800m at the Belfast International meet with a time of 2:02.76.

In Tübingen this year Healy clocked a time of 4:09.25 and setting a NYR in the 1,500m, putting her second on the European U18 all-time list and making her the fastest over that distance in 32 years. over 1,500m. In recent months alone, Healy has broken a string of Irish records, Indoors and Outdoors.

Both her Coach Eoghan Marnell and Sarah’s parents are very justifiably proud of Sarah being nominated for this prestigious honour.

The winner will be announced and presented with their accolade at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Lausanne this Friday, October 26th. The Golden Tracks award ceremony will be streamed live on the European Athletics website here www.european-athletics.org

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