UCD's Sarah Healy breaks U23 record, running second fastest Irish 1,500m ever

Posted 21 February, 2022

Ad Astra Academy track star Sarah Healy has set a new Under-23 national 1500m record, clocking in the second fastest indoors run time ever by an Irish woman.

Competing at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix, the Dublin middle-distance runner and UCD law student finished second behind Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum in the women's final.

Her finishing time of 4:06.94 not only broke her own Irish Under-23 record of 4:10.83 set in Mondeville in France last week, it was second-fastest time ever ran by an Irishwoman after fellow UCD runner Ciara Mageean's national indoor record of 4:06.42, set in Boston two years ago.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian moved from fifth to second during the second last lap of the race, edging out Australian Lindan Hall by a fraction of a second to secure the silver position.

Race winner Davit Seyaum ran a season best of 4:04:35.

The national record breaking time puts the UCD runner well inside qualification for the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.

Before this, Healy will compete at the 2022 Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena later this month, on 26th and 27th February.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations