Friday 20 September 2019

Healy smashes Irish U-18 1,500m mark

Sarah Healy. Photo: Sportsfile
Sarah Healy. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Sarah Healy again underlined her world-class potential when smashing the Irish U-18 girls' 1,500m record in Tubingen, Germany, on Saturday, the Killiney student clocking 4:09.25 to carve four seconds off her previous mark.

It was the fastest time by a European U-18 girl in 32 years and moved Healy to second on the all-time list, behind only Romania's Ana Padurean who ran 4:06.02 in 1986. Healy will now concentrate on the European U-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary, next month, and will likely bypass the World U-20 Championships which take place a week later in Tampere, Finland. She will be a big favourite to win gold over 1,500m in Gyor, though her time also qualifies the 17-year-old for the senior European Championships in Berlin in August.

In the same race in Tubingen, in which Healy came home 11th, Ciara Mageean took a promising step back to full fitness, the 26-year-old finishing fourth in 4:06.70, her fastest 1,500m since last July. Claire Mooney also impressed over 800m at the same meeting, clocking 2:02.82.

Elsewhere, Michaela Walsh broke the Irish U-23 women's hammer record yesterday, throwing 64.22m at the English U-23 Championships in Bedford, where Sommer Lecky recorded an impressive win in the girls' U-20 high jump, clearing 1.84m.

Fresh from her Irish record over 100m, Phil Healy finished fourth in a high-class field in Marseilles over 400m in 52.35, behind six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix, who was third in 52.01. Thomas Barr was in action in Bern, Switzerland, where he clocked a season's best of 21.58 over 200m.

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