Ireland track star Sarah Lavin took a big step towards Olympic qualification last night with a superb run in Spain all but sealing it for the Limerick athlete.
Lavin ran a monumental 12.95 in the 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour silver meeting in Madrid last night, earning silver in the event.
The time meant that the hurdler became only the second Irish woman ever to break the 13-second barrier after Derval O’Rourke.
The Limerick native qualified for the 100m hurdles final after running a 13.2 and cut 0.24 off her personal best to achieve the impressive sub-13-second time.
Huge performance by Limerick’s @sarahlavin_ to create history by becoming only the 2nd @irishathletics women in history to break 13 secs after @DervalORourke at the #ContinentalTour silver meeting in Madrid this evening – #Tokyo2020 now confirmed – congrats coach Noelle Morrissey pic.twitter.com/xSOa5e8txT
— Pierce O'Callaghan (@Pierceathletics) June 19, 2021
Lavin is expected to climb up the 100m hurdles Road To Tokyo rankings after her result.
The track star entered the weekend 44th in the rankings, just outside the coveted top 40, who qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The top 40 as of June 29th will travel to take part in the Olympic games.
Sarah Lavin has put herself into a favourable position to join Team Ireland after her excellent run with just eight days to go.
From a deltoid tear to Tokyo, Sarah Lavin’s journey could be one worth remembering.
The full list of Irish athletes confirmed for the 2020 Olympics can be seen here.