Healy lands European Under-18 3,000m gold

Sarah Healy set a new European U18 championship record taking gold in the girl’s 3,000 metre final in Gyor, Hungary.

Roared on by her coach Eoghan Marnell, Healy followed instructions with a blistering final one kilometre to cruise to gold and set a new Irish youth record.

“I went pretty fast and I think it was a nice race” explained Healy.

“Sometimes I need to be more patient with myself, because I pushed myself too hard, but I felt like I won easily this race so I am happy.”

Elsewhere on a successful day for the Irish team

Patience Jumbo-Gula was disappointed to finish fifth in the girls’ 100m final in 11.87 but it was still a fantastic championship for the rising sprinter nonetheless.

Rhasidat Adeleke was first of the Irish in competition on the evening session and she qualified in second in her 200m heat in 23.90.

Running blind in lane 8 it was a solid start to Adeleke’s championships with the semi-finals coming up.

Sophie O’Sullivan had a great burst of speed to qualify for the final of the 800m. She eased off the throttle in the final metres to finish second in 2:07.95.