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.
A fine performance by Sarah Healy in Italy this evening as she breaks the U23 Irish 3,000m record! Well done Sarah!!🖤 https://t.co/XLQTDQ4HM8
— Blackrock A.C. (@Blackrock_AC) August 31, 2021
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.
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.