Phil Healy and Irish team finish seventh in World Relays final

Ballineen Bullet helped Ireland qualify for the Olympics with a scorching run in the semi-final
Phil Healy and Irish team finish seventh in World Relays final

Ireland's Phil Healy has enjoyed a hugely impressive season to date, with the Olympics on the horizon. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

THE Irish mixed 4x400m relay team featuring West Cork runner Phil Healy finished seventh in the World Relays final.

The quartet of Chris O’Donnell, Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Andrew Mellon crossed the line in a time of 3:20.26, while the Italians won the race won in 3:16.60.

Mellon replaced Thomas Barr in the quartet that qualified for the Olympics in Saturday's race in Poland.

The Ballineen Bullet Healy has been in outstanding form this year, making a serious mark at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in March.

Ireland’s Phil Healy competing in the Women’s 400m final in March. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Ireland’s Phil Healy competing in the Women’s 400m final in March. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

On Saturday, the team of O'Donnell, Healy, Mawdsley, and Barr produced a stunning performance to finish third in the semi-final of the World Relays event in Chorzow in a national record 3.16.84.

The run secured a place in Sunday's final as well as Olympic and 2022 World Championships qualification.

Afterwards, O'Donnell said: "We came here with so much belief. A few other countries might have seen our name and mightn't have got scared. But all four of us, the whole team, we knew we were coming here with a really strong team. We absolutely believed we could make the final. It's a really good night for Irish athletics."

Mawdsley said: "I've been training really hard the last six weeks. And when Phil handed over that baton in first place, I really gave it everything I possibly could. It genuinely means the world to me."

Healy added: "To come out and get the qualification, to get that spot in the Olympics, it's unbelievable."

Barr, who brought home the baton, said: "There was no work left for me to do. Sharlene got me in the lead. I like chasing. I was not in a place where I knew what to do. It was just a savage run. We knew what we could do. It was just a matter of trying to get that out on the day. I am absolutely buzzing. We have seriously run out of our skin."

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