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Irish Teen Runs Second Fastest Ever 1500m By European U18

Irish Teen Runs Second Fastest Ever 1500m By European U18

Sarah Healy continued a fine 2018 with another special performance on Saturday evening.

At a track meeting in Tubingen, Germany, the 17-year-old ran 4:09.25 for the 1500m - the second fastest ever time by a European under-18. It places her just behind Romania's Ana Padurean who ran 4:06.02 in 1986.

With the run, Healy also smashed her own Irish U20 record - set just last month - by 4.07 seconds. It is the tenth fastest Irish 1500m time ever.

The mark is also easily inside the qualifying standard for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin later this summer. 4:12.00 was the time required.

In the race, Healy finished seven places behind compatriot Ciara Mageean who ran 4:06.70.

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Healy, who just turned 17 in February, is now firmly established as one of Irish athletics' most exciting prospects.

Earlier this year, she won her first senior title - the 3000m at the National Indoor Championships in Abbottstown. Last summer, she won gold for Ireland at the European Youth Olympics.

Just finished fifth year at Holy Child Killiney, Sarah still plays hockey and until recently was also playing with Cuala GAA club.

Her coach Eoghan Marnell told Balls earlier this year that numerous US colleges have been in touch regarding the possibility of an athletic scholarship. However, at that time, her preference was to remain in Ireland.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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