Sarah Healy Breaks 3,000m Record Set by Sonia O’Sullivan in 1990

Sarah Healy Breaks 3,000m Record Set by Sonia O’Sullivan in 1990

Sarah Healy broke Sonia O’Sullivan’s 1990 U23 3,000m record after a huge personal best of 8.52.63 at the Palio Città della Quercia Rovereto meet in Italy.



Competing in the oldest track and field event in Italy and one of the oldest events on the World Athletics calendar, Sarah finished sixth with a personal best. Sarah’s time break’s Sonia O’Sullivan’s record by 0.02s, which she had set in 1990 in Croatia.

Sarah broke her 3,000m personal best recently enough in Finland as she ran 8 minutes 57.04 seconds at the the Motonet Meet. Last night, she knocked five seconds off this to move her up to 7th on the Irish all-time list.

Previous 3,000m Record

Sarah’s previous best for the 3,000m distance was 2018 when she claimed the European U18 title in Gyor with a time of 9:18.05.

Sarah Healy U18 Champion Blackrock A.C

Sarah Healy winning the 3,000m title in 2018


Having just turned 20, Sarah Healy is already amongst an elite group of Irish athletes. Only five Irish women in history have broken both 4:10 in the 1500m and 2:03 in the 800m. Sonia O’Sullivan, Ciara Mageean, Mary Purcell, Síofra Cléirigh Büttner and Sarah Healy herself.

The two-time European U18 gold medallist and European U20 silver medallist, made her Olympic debut in Tokyo earlier this summer where she competed in the 1,500m.

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