Becker’s Ireland Take Olympic Final Eighth Place

Sophie Becker and the Irish 4x400m Mixed Relay team put in another stellar performance at the Olympic Stadium as they finished eighth in their final.

This was the first time an Irish relay team had ever qualified for an Olympic relay final and they recorded a time of 3:15.04, the second fastest ever by an Irish quartet.

The team lined up with the same personnel as the qualifying round, and in the same order – Cillin Greene, Phil Healy, Sophie Becker, and Chris O’Donnell.

Becker took the baton from Phil Healy in seventh place and had clear track in front of her, running a composed third leg with the sprinting powerhouse Jamaicans in pursuit.

“We all held our own and fought to the very last bit, we’re all very happy with that” explained Becker afterward.

Becker’s training partner Cillin Greene said “It’s an incredible experience to be out here. No one gave us a shot at making a final, so to step up on the biggest stage is an astronomical experience for us all.”

A brilliant performance by the Irish quartet, we look forward to many great performances and a trip to Paris in three year’s time.

Best wishes to Phil Healy who lines up in the individual 200m and 400m events later in the Games.

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