Lavin sets new National Record

Emerald AC’s Sarah Lavin. Photo: Sam Barnes.

BRAVE Sarah Lavin came up just short in a bid to reach the Women’s 100m Hurdle Final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Still the Emerald athlete shaved three-hundreds of a second off Derval O’Rourke’s long-standing national record when finishing fifth in the semi-final.

Her personal best now is an impressive 12.62

“Finally, fastest Irishwoman to ever do this,” she said afterwards. “(The record) survived 13 years. There’s 13 years to the day between Derval and me – such a weird synchronicity. I’m sorry Derval, but you did make me work bloody tough for it!”

“I’ve ran 12.6 now on three occasions this year, I didn’t just pull it from the sky. I wanted to get into the 50s today and I believed it was possible. I did make an error on hurdle nine and that’s a costly mistake.

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“The standards of women’s hurdles at the moment is incredible. But I hope it will help me run a time that I otherwise would have only dreamt of.”