Sophie Becker was a member of the mixed 4x400m relay team that made history by becoming the first Irish relay athletics team to make an Olympic final in 2021 when they set an Irish record in the heats at the Tokyo Olympic Games. In what has been a breakthrough season for the New Ross athlete produced her best ever relay split when running the third leg of the relay. She was the first Wexford native to make an Irish Olympic Athletics Team in 25 years.
Becker set a personal best of 52.32 at the Belfast Milers meet in late May, which is currently ranked as the sixth-fastest time ever recorded by an Irish woman. She followed this up by running her second-fastest time of 52.74 in the Czech Republic.
Becker has been consistently building towards her 52.32 performance over the past four years. Making her Irish debut aged 20 at the European U23 Championship in 2017 in Poland. The following year she was part of the Irish 4×400 relay team at the European Senior Championships in Germany. 2019 was a breakthrough year when she competed individually in the 400m at the European Indoor Championships in Scotland, over 200m at the European Team Championships in Norway and was 9th at the European U23 Championships over 400m in Sweden.
Despite disruptions due to lockdown, Becker was double Irish champion over 400m, winning the Indoor title in March and the outdoor title in August. A strong winter of training then resulted in further huge improvement and a PB of 53.20 at the Irish Athletics Indoor meet, gaining qualification for the European indoor championship. At that championship, she was 3rd in her heat, just outside her PB with 53.31 and just missing qualification for the semi-final. She was then part of the Irish squad at the World Relays in Poland and was anchor leg in the 4x200m relay as Ireland claimed an impressive second place.
Following on from this she went on to run her two fastest times ever of her life 52.32 and 52. 74.
- 2021: Olympic finalist in the Tokyo Games in the 4x400m mixed relay. The team set a new Irish record in the heat to become the first Irish relay team to make an Olympic final. Set a new personal best of 52.32 for the 400m, a time which moved her to fifth in the All-time Irish list. Part of the 4x200m relay that finished second at the World relay championships.
- 2020: National indoor and outdoor 400m champion.
- 2019: Finished 9th in the European U23 Championships in the 400m.
- 2018: Competed in the 4x400m relay at the European Championships in Berlin.