LIMERICK athlete Sarah Lavin boosted her ever-growing reputation at the weekend by claiming silver in the Women’s 100m hurdles at the European Junior Championships in Italy.
Lavin, who has already beaten Derval O’Rourke’s junior record, improved her best to take second place in the final in a time of 13.34, behind Switzerland’s Noemi Zabaren in 13.17. France’s Heloise Kane was third in 13.36.
Lavin, who is from Lisnagry and a former student of Castletroy College, represented Ireland in the recent European Senior Team Championships in Santry.
She also competed in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona last year where she was unfortunate to fall in the final.
The 19-year-old is coached by John Cleary and Noelle Morrissey and was one of nine Irish athletes sent to Italy - but the only one to return with a medal.
Kevin Ankrom, High Performance Director, Athletics Ireland, was happy with Ireland’s overall performance but particularly thrilled with Lavin’s display.
“We can see through the points table that our programme has stepped up a level and it is great to see Sarah Lavin run so consistently through the rounds and put together a medal winning performance, as well as a new national record.
“The amount of finalists and fourth places is a great tribute to the hard work of the athletes and coaches, and I am confident that we can continue to improve.”