Sophie Becker made her diamond league debut last weekend in Rabat, Morocco. The Wexford native finished the women’s 400m in 51.84 seconds to take fourth place in the race. Becker was just 0.01 seconds shy of the 51.83 PB she ran in Belgium a week earlier at the IFAM meet.
Becker made history in the 2020 Olympics running in the inaugural 4x400m mixed relay event. The quartet shattered Ireland’s national record by four seconds to become the first Irish relay team to go to an Olympic final.
“I am delighted to be asked to run in a Diamond League. That wasn't even on my list of achievements that I'd liked to hopefully tick off and to have done that I'm absolutely delighted,” said Becker. “And then to place fourth and run basically an equal PB. I couldn't have asked for any more”
— Sophie Becker (@sophiebecker_) June 5, 2022
Beckers Belgium PB was hit almost exactly one year after her previous PB in Belfast and marks her strong position as a sub 52 runner in the 400m.
“I think going sub 52 is a big goal for a lot of people in athletics. I just really wanted that 51 beside my name,” said Becker. “I felt good. I just gave it my all and pulled through.”
The 25-year-old arrived back in Ireland Monday night and jumped straight back to work following her solid performance training for what's to come.
“I'm in Czech Republic next week, and also in Norway for a relay run with the relay girls. Then back home and just get another weekend of training, and then it's nationals very soon,” said Becker. “I'm hoping to go to the world championships as part of the relay team also—hopefully—fingers crossed.”