Golden Girl

Ireland's Sarah Healy dominates the field to claim brilliant gold at European Championships

The 17-year-old clocked a championship and Irish youth record in this evening’s 3,000m final.

IRELAND’S SARAH HEALY further underlined her extraordinary talent by storming to 3,000 metres gold at the U18 European Athletics Championships in Hungary this evening.

Sarah Healy celebrates winning a gold medal Healy celebrates victory on Friday evening. Sasa Pahic Szabo / INPHO Sasa Pahic Szabo / INPHO / INPHO

The 17-year-old has been in brilliant form in recent weeks and blitzed the rest of the field over the final kilometre in Gyor to clock a new championship and Irish youth record of 9:18.05.

She becomes the third Irish athlete to medal at the U18 European championships, following Gina Akpe-Moses’ silver in the 100m and Molly Scott’s bronze in the 100m hurdles two years ago.

“It feels amazing,” she smiled afterwards.

The Holy Child Killiney student was happy to sit in the pack during the early laps before moving through the gears, clocking a blistering 2:57 in the final kilometre to win by some distance.

Healy has broken a host of records over multiple distances this season, most recently setting a new Irish youth and U20 record over 800m in Belfast.

After easing through this morning’s semi-final, Healy will run in the final of the 1,500m — considered to be her main event — on Sunday bidding to complete a glorious double.

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