Healy hammers field to win double gold


Healy highlights great championships for Ireland

Sarah Healy (Blackrock) affirmed her status as the middle distance queen of the European U18 Athletics Championships with a dominant win in the girls' 1500m final in a new championship record of 4:18.71 in Gyor, Hungary this evening (July 8). 

Healy blitzed the field on Friday to win the girls' 3,000m final in 9:18.05 which was also a championship record. So that made it two golds and two championship records on the bounce leaving no one in any doubt of the star quality on show.

It may have looked easy but these were the best girls' in Europe in what was a truly incredible set of performances by Sarah Healy.

Brian Lynch (Old Abbey) was the only other athlete competing on the final day and he finished 26th in the boys' decathlon with a total of 6,306 points. His leading marks after the first day of competition were: 100m 11.61, long jump 6.74m, shot put 12.48m, high jump 1.76m and 400m 53.12.

Lynch started day 2 (today) with a pb in the 110m hurdles  in 15.53, discus 35.93, pole vault 3.60m which was a 30cm pb, javelin 37.04m and finished out with the 1500m in 4:46.33. So that was four personal bests in ten events and valuable exposure to competition at this level.

The Irish team won four medals in total to finish an excellent 7th on the medals table with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) winning 200m gold in 23.5 and Sophie O'Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) winning silver in the girls' 800m in 2:06.05. On top of this, Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) finished fifth in the 100m final having also run a championship record of 11.59 seconds in the semi-finals. There was a host of personal best performances from a terrific Irish team.

Team arrival:

Athletics Ireland would like to welcome people to come to the airport for the team arrival.

The Irish team will arrive tomorrow (Monday July 9th) at 18:40 from Vienna to terminal 2 on Aer Lingus flight 665

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