Monday 22 July 2019

Healy fifth in first taste of world-class fare

Healy will now target the 1,500m at the European U-20 Championships in Sweden next week. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Healy will now target the 1,500m at the European U-20 Championships in Sweden next week. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Sarah Healy got her first taste of world-class competition when going up against world record holder Genzebe Dibaba over 2,000m in Budapest last night. The 18-year-old Dubliner finished fifth in 5:45.23, with Dibaba taking victory in 5:33.76. Healy will now target the 1,500m at the European U-20 Championships in Sweden next week.

Mark English was in action in Lignano, Italy, the two-time European medallist finishing fifth in the 800m in 1:47.61, a race won by Britain's Jamie Webb in 1:46.16.

At the World University Games in Naples, Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner qualified for the women's 800m final after finishing third in her semi-final last night in 2:03.00. Alanna Lally bowed out after finishing sixth in her semi-final in 2:06.36.

Cliodhna Manning was a late withdrawal from the women's 400m semi-finals, having run 54.76 to qualify from her heat on Monday.

Eric Favors finished tenth in the final of the men's shot put, the US-based thrower's best effort of 18.94m below the 19.20m he threw to qualify.

Phil Healy will return to action in the heats of the women's 200m today, the Irish record holder's first race since breaking a bone in her foot back in April. Marcus Lawler is in action in the men's 200m heats, while Sarah Lavin goes in the 100m hurdles.

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