The rise and rise of Sarah Healy continued in Hungary as the enormously talented Blackrock runner stormed to European Athletics U18 Championships 3000m gold.

Earlier today Healy won her 1500m heat in 4:30.29 and she followed that up with a superb performance that saw her become Ireland’s first ever European U18 champion.

The Holy Faith student has been breaking records this year, in a variety of distances.

Two weeks ago she set a new Irish Youth and Under-20 record over 800m at the Belfast International meet.

The 17-year-old also smashed Ciara Mageean's Irish senior girls 1500m record with a 4:18.32 at the All-Ireland schools track and field championships at the start of June.

Elsewhere Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard's Dundalk) finished fifth in 100m, clocking 11.87.

She had set a championship record in the girls' 100m of 11.59 seconds in the semis.

Sophie O'Sullivan came second in her 800m semi-final to qualify automatically in a time of 2:07.95.

Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir) qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles, finishing fourth in her heat in a time of 61.66 seconds.

Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) ran 1:56.76 to finish third in his 800m heat and qualify for the semi-finals..

Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) runs in lane 3 for the 100m final tonight, following her blistering semi-final performance yesterday.