Sarah Lavin finishes sixth in European Indoors 60m final in Istanbul

The Limerick native was competing in her third major final in the last 12 months at the four day event in Instanbul that concluded yesterday.

Limerick’s Sarah Lavin finished 6th in the 60m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships on Sunday afternoon.

Running from lane eight, the Emerald AC athlete crossed in a time of 8.03, maintaining her position as one of Ireland’s most consistent performers at major international championships.

The 60m hurdles podium positions were filled by Reetta Hurske (FIN) 7.79 NR, Nadine Visser (NED) 7.84 SB, and Ditaji Kambundji (SUI) 7.91. In the final, Hurske equalled her national record of 7.79, winning Finland its first ever medal in the event

Lavin had qualified for the final in style on Saturday morning with a time of 7.99 in her semi-final that saw her finish in third behind finals winner Hurske. She had ran a time of 8.03 in her first heat.

Sunday ranked as Lavin’s third major final appearance in the last 12 months, following on from the World indoor final last March, and her 5th place finish at the European outdoor championships in Munich.

The Limerick athlete will now look to transition her indoor form, which included her running the fastest 60m hurdles of her life, to outdoors with the World Championships in Budapest in August the key target.

It was one of a number of positive performances from Team Ireland who signed off the European Athletics Indoor Championships in style, with Darragh McElhinney (4th in 3000m), Lavin (6th in 60m hurdles), and the women’s 4x400m team (5th) all securing top-six-placings on the final day of Istanbul 2023.

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Jack Neville