Saturday 19 January 2019

Healy smashes personal best with run of her life in Vienna


Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile
Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Bandon sprinter Phil Healy produced the run of her life in Vienna over the weekend, the 23-year-old smashing her personal best to clock 52.08 for 400m, the fastest time in the world this year.

That took more than a second off her previous best of 53.15 and secured qualification for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March. Running alone from the start, she came home a wide-margin winner ahead of Croatia's Kristina Dudek, who ran 54.57.

Elsewhere Amy Foster equalled the Irish 60m record of 7.30 at the London Indoor Games yesterday as Adam McMullen recorded a distance of 7.97m in the long jump at Jordanstown, which added 12cm to his lifetime best and was beyond the qualifying standard of 7.95m required for the European Championships later this year. It was just shy of Ciaran McDonagh's Irish indoor record of 8.00m.

At the Irish Life Health National Junior and U-23 Indoor Championships, Limerick's Ciara Neville and Tallaght's Rhasidat Adeleke were the star performers. Neville clocked a blistering 7.34 to win the junior girls' 60m, which was just outside the 18-year-old's lifetime best and national record of 7.30 - the standard required for the World Indoors. Adeleke, still only 15, ran an Irish youth and junior indoor record when blitzing her opposition to win the junior women's 200m in 23.80.

Swinford's Michaela Walsh continued her winning ways in the U-23 women's shot put, taking victory with a throw of 15.34m, while Matthew Behan of Crusaders dipped below eight seconds for the first time, taking the U-23 60m hurdles in 7.97. The best race of the day came in the U-23 women's 800, where UCD's Alanna Lally held off Emerald's Jenna Bromell in a thrilling finish to take gold in 2:07.09.

Irish Independent

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