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UCC athlete Phil Healy comes from ‘the depths of hell’ to claim gold for her team in the 4x400m relay at the Irish university athletics championships.

Updated at 15.00


UCC star Phil Healy “came from the depths of hell” to claim a thrilling victory in the women’s 4x400m relay at the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships in Santry last weekend.

The Cork college looked to be way out of contention when Healy took the baton on for the anchor leg in fifth position of seven runners. UCD looked to be in command with just 400m to go, leading UL by 30m and CIT a further 5m in arrears.

But in an incredible final lap, as commentators Ronan Duggan and Cathal Dennehy considered the race for second place as the only one worth watching, UL’s Michelle Finn reeled in the leader with almost 200m to spare and looked certain to snatch gold for Limerick.

However, as she began to fade, Healy, summoning every last ounce of energy, stormed down the outside to pip Finn at the line in the most dramatic of circumstances.

The 21-year-old Irish international sprinter from Bandon AC had previously won the women’s 200m at the meeting in 23.93 and she fell over the line after the exhausting effort, to the delight of two ecstatic, and increasingly high-pitched, commentators.


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