The teenage daughter of Sonia O’Sullivan wins her first race for Ireland as Patience Jumbo-Gula runs a championship record in Gyor.

Sophie O’Sullivan, the daughter of Irish Olympic silver medallist Sonia O’Sullivan, announced herself in the green of Ireland with a debut win in the heats of the 800m at the European U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungry on Thursday (July 5).

The 16 year-old kicked in the closing stages to power past two rivals and took the win in 2.12.23 to secure an automatic qualifying spot for the semi-finals on Friday.

Last year O’Sullivan, who has both Irish and Australian citizenship, raced in Ireland for the first time and won under-17 gold over 1500m at the Irish National Juvenile Championships. Earlier in 2017, she also won Australian U17 titles over 800m and 1500m.

Also impressing for Ireland on the first of four days of action in Gyor was sprinter Patience Jumbo-Gula who ran a championship record in the girls’ 100m semi-finals in 11.59 seconds.

Jumbo-Gula sped to victory with an excellent start with the wind reading +0.7m/s and runs in Friday’s final at 7:09pm Irish time.

Conor Morey (Leevale) went in semi-final one of the 100m where there was a false start but a late recall gun saw him and some of the others run the full race. It was subsequently rerun 10 minutes later where he came 6th in 11.17 – evidently tired having two 100m races in quick succession.

Israel Olatunde (Dundealgan) finished 5th in the second semi-final in 11.09 seconds.

There was some misfortune in both the 1500m and 100m for the boys.  Cian McPhillips (Longford) was placed well in a tactical affair in heat one of the 1500m but lost his spike after two laps resulting in a 14th place finish in 4:10.84.

Brian Maguire (DSD) battled well in heat two of the 1500m finishing 10th in 3:59.74.

A preview of the Irish athletes competing can be found here.

All of the action from Gyor can be watched live on Eurosport 2 and on the European Athletics website. The timetable for each day can be found here and results here.