Sasa Pahic Szabo/INPHO Lavin ran 8.03 seconds on Saturday morning and followed it up with a 7.97 in the semi-finals.
# Final Destination
Sarah Lavin finishes seventh in World Indoors final after breaking PB twice in Belgrade
Limerick hurdler was Ireland’s first finalist at World Indoors since 2010.

LAST UPDATE | Mar 19th 2022, 8:34 PM

IRELAND’S SARAH LAVIN ensured that her first appearance at the World Indoor Championships is one that she will never forget as she finished seventh in the 60m hurdles final in Belgrade.

After setting a new personal best in the heats on Saturday morning, Lavin broke the eight-second barrier for the first time in her career in the semi-finals, running another PB of 7.97 to become Ireland’s first finalist at World Indoors since David Gillick in 2010.

Lining up in lane seven in the final, the Limerick hurdler clocked a time of 8.09 seconds behind gold medallist Cyrena Samba-Mayela of France who won with a new national indoor record of 7.78.

The Bahamas’ Devynne Charlton also set a new national indoor record to take silver in 7.81 seconds while Gabriele Cunningham of the USA won bronze in 7.87 seconds.

“I don’t know what to say,” an ecstatic Lavin told BBC Sport in the immediate aftermath of her milestone semi-final run.

“Of all the places [to break eight seconds], today, in this moment, I just believed that it was meant to be and it would hopefully happen here.”

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