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Irish Girls Top Medals Table At European U18 Athletics Championships

Irish Girls Top Medals Table At European U18 Athletics Championships

Irish athletics had four days to remember in Hungary over the weekend.

At the European U18 Athletics Championships in Gyor, four medals were claimed by Irish athletes. Three of those were gold along with one silver.

On Friday evening, Blackrock AC's Sarah Healy won Ireland's first medal when she won the 3000m in a championship record. The 17-year-old destroyed the field by just over six seconds as she ran 9:18.05.

15-year-old Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC followed up Healy's feat by winning Ireland's second gold in the 200m on Friday evening. Adeleke 23.52 is the fastest time by a U18 in Europe this season.

Just an hour-and-a-half later, a familiar name secured Ireland's third medal of the championships. Sophie O'Sullivan - daughter of Sonia - finished second in the 800m. The 16-year-old, who goes to school in Australia, was making her championship debut for Ireland.

On Sunday evening, Sarah Healy rounded off a superb weekend by claiming her second and Ireland's third gold. Her superiority in the 1500m was never in doubt as she won in another championship record of 4:18.71.

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Overall, Ireland finished seventh in the medals table but the Irish girls did top their section.

The four medals added to the two which Gina Akpe-Moses and Molly Scott won for Ireland at the inaugural 2016 championships.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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