The 8.03 time was a personal best in a final for Limerick hurdler Sarah Lavin who competed in the 60m hurdles at this year’s European Indoor Athletics Championships.
Limerick hurdler Sarah Lavin has finished sixth overall in the 2023 European Indoor Athletics Championships 60m hurdles event
Clocking a time of 8.03 in the event on the final day of the event in Istanbul, Turkey, Sarah Lavin finished just 0.24 seconds behind event winner Reetta Hurske of Finland who took home the gold with a time of 7.79 seconds.
The 8.03 time is a personal best in a final for the athlete who had previously run an 8.09 in the World Championship Finals in Belgrade, Serbia in 2022.
The Limerick hurdler made her way into the final following a Saturday morning performance which saw her run a time of 7.99 in her semi-final, just 0.02 off her personal best in the 60m hurdles having run a 7.97 in the Belgrade competition.
The Emerald AC athlete posted on her Instagram after the achievement saying, “6th at the European Indoor Championships.. thank you for so much kindness and love ❤️ We’ll be back!”
The final day of the championships was a great showing for Team Ireland with finalists competing in the 3000m final, the 60m final and Women’s 4x400m relay.
All of the finalists finished with top 6 placements, Darragh McElhinney finishing fourth in the 3000m and the women’s 4x400m team finishing fifth.
Following the 4-day event, Lavin will hope to bring her form from the previous 12 months to the upcoming World Championships in Hungary.
The 60m hurdles podium spots were taken by Reetta Hurske of Finland with a time of 7.79, Nadine Visser of Netherlands with a time of 7.84 SB, and Ditaji Kambundji of Switzerland with a time of 7.91.