Team Ireland will make a triumphant return to Ireland this evening after a superb showing at the European U18 Championships in Hungary.
Ireland finished seventh on the medals table, with Sarah Healy, Rhasidat Adeleke and Sophie O'Sullivan notching three golds and a silver between them.
✅1500m gold— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) July 9, 2018
✅1500m champs record
✅3000m champs record
Sarah Healy dominated the distance running events at the European U18 Championships. pic.twitter.com/WJc7cRsolh
Blackrock 17-year-old Healy was the star of the weekend. She ran a championship record time to win the 3,000m, and followed that up with another record as she stormed to the 1,500m title.
"I just relaxed, hung out at the hotel with some of the other guys, watched Love Island to take my mind off things. I was pretty relaxed!" Healy said when reflecting on her latter success.
"It’s such a good team, when I walked out there were all these Irish people cheering for me – it was great!"
Dubliner Adeleke is just 15 years old. She ran a personal best of 23.53 on the way to 200m gold, beating her previous best which she recorded in the semi-final.
"It’s just so surreal, I just tried my best to keep my form, because I know when I’m under pressure I start to lose my form and slow down," she said.
"You have to really get a good bend and then you just drive on and keep going on the straight."
Think being an athlete is nerve-wracking? Being the parent of an athlete is even more nerve-wracking!— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) July 8, 2018
Watch Sonia O'Sullivan live every moment of Sophie's silver medal-winning run in the 800m final at the European U18 Championships last night! pic.twitter.com/v7mwL52NKH
O'Sullivan, daughter of Sonia, clocked a PB of 2:06.05 in the 800m to make the podium. She received her medal from her mam - who was asked to do the honours - and was making her debut appearance for an Ireland team having been born and raised in Australia.
The team lands at Dublin Airport at around 6.40pm this evening.