Ballina athlete Clodagh Gill put in a sensational run in today’s 3,000m final at European Youth Olympic Festival in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
The Moy Valley AC runner had a personal best time of 9:47.25, 3 seconds faster than her previous best and finished one place outside the medals in fourth.
“It went great, I was nervous enough going into it. At the tent, I wasn’t feeling too good about it, But I went out on the track and I saw my coach (Philip Finnerty), and he gave me a little wink,” Clodagh told Olympic Federation of Ireland.
The 15-year-old was one of the youngest racers in the field.
“at the start of the race it was fast enough. I stuck behind the group. I knew the Italian and Czech girls were good, so I kept up the pace throughout, I said I’d try my best to stick with them. I saw the Spanish girl slowly coming back to me, and I wondered if I could catch her, but maybe next year.”