Sarah Healy set a new Irish U23 1500m record at the World Athletics Continental Tour gold meeting in Ostrava on Tuesday.
The Dubliner ran 4:02.86 as she finished sixth in a race won by Ethiopia's Diribe Welteji. The run took just under three seconds off the previous record, which was set by Sonia O'Sullivan 31 years ago in Monte Carlo.
Healy's outdoor personal best going into the race was the 4:07.12 which she ran just under a year ago in Sweden. She is now the fourth fastest Irish woman ever over 1500m, ranking behind O'Sullivan (3:58.85 national record), Ciara Mageean (4:00.15) and Geraldine Hendricken (4:02.08).
The time also qualifies the 21-year-old for both the World Championships, which taken place in Oregon between July 15th - 24th, and the European Championships, which are being held in Munich between August 11th and August 21st.
🚨Record Alert🚨@sarah_healy_ @UCDAC_bears sets a NEW U23 National 1500m to 4:02.86 after competing at the @WorldAthletics Tour in Ostrava
Healy takes 3 seconds off the record set by Sonia O'Sullivan in 1991 and moves to 4th on the Irish all-time list
👉 https://t.co/iHeTn4xoK3 pic.twitter.com/syaPJtvwAa
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) May 31, 2022
Earlier this year in Birmingham, Healy broke the Irish U23 1500m indoor record when she ran 4:06.94.
Over the weekend, Darragh McElhinney broke another long-standing Irish U23 record when he took nine seconds off John Treacy's 44-year-old 5000m mark.
You can watch Sarah Healy's run in the Czech Republic on YouTube.