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Ad Astra star Sarah Healy sets new U23 1500m record

Posted 28 June, 2023

UCD Ad Astra athletics star Sarah Healy has set a new Irish U23 record for the 1500 meters, achieving a personal best of 4:01:75 during an event in Czechia.

The Tokyo Olympian was competing at the Golden Spikes Continental Tour Gold Meet in Ostrava.

The race saw the Stage 4 law student finish fourth, with Diribe Welteji (Ethiopia) taking the win in a meeting record time of 3:57.38.

The performance in Czechia improves Healy’s 4:03.57 season’s best from Rabat back in May, while also beating the U23 record of 4:02:86 she set in 2022 - a record that had been held by Sonia O’Sullivan since 1991.

The Ad Astra Elite Sport Scholar now moves to third on the Irish all-time list behind O’Sullivan and 1500m record holder Ciara Mageean (3:56.63).

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

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