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17-Year-Old Sarah Healy Continues To Break Records

17-Year-Old Sarah Healy Continues To Break Records

Sarah Healy continued a remarkable 2018 season by breaking more Irish records in Belfast on Tuesday evening.

At the Belfast International, the 17-year-old finished second in the 800m behind Claire Mooney. Ciara Mageean - the 2016 European 1500m bronze medalist - finished fourth.

Healy's run of 2:02.76 broke two records held by Mageean: the Irish U18 and U20 800m records of 2:03.07.

The Blackrock AC runner now enters an elite club of Irish athletes.

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It came ten days after Healy became the second fastest European U18 ever over 1500m. She ran 4:09.25 in Germany earlier this month, placing her just behind Romania's Ana Padurean who ran 4:06.02 in 1986. That run was also a qualifying mark for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin later this summer.

It all bodes well for the European U18 Championships which take place in Hungary between July 5 - 8. Healy will compete in the 1500m.

Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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