Thursday 21 September 2017

Adeleke sprints to double as Leinster records tumble

Rhasidat Adeleke. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rhasidat Adeleke. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Teen sprinter Rhasidat Adeleke underlined her star potential when taking a double at the Leinster Schools Championships in Santry yesterday, the 15-year-old obliterating her opposition over both 100m and 200m.

The talented Presentation Terenure student clocked 12.30 to win the junior girls' 100m and set a record of 25.07 in the 200m.

Aoibhinn McMahon of St Vincent's Dundalk was one of several athletes to prove there is also ample talent in the field event ranks, setting records in the junior girls' shot put (13.25m) and javelin (42.78m).

Keri Noonan of Fingal was also in record-breaking form, launching the hammer 44.03m to take victory and set a junior girls' record.

Shane Gevero produced a pair of noteworthy runs in the minor boys' category, the CBC Monkstown student taking the 100m title in 12.04 then moving from fourth to first on the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay to carry his school to victory.

Michael Farrelly of St Fintan's was an impressive winner of the junior boys' 100m in 11.55.

Molly Scott of Scoil Chonglais was the highest-calibre athlete on show, and as expected the Carlow 18-year-old cruised to victory in the senior girls' 100m hurdles in 14.76.

Alex Clarkin of Castleknock was an easy winner of the senior boys' 110m hurdles in 15.03, while the senior boys' steeplechase produced an exciting duel, with Belvedere's Brian Fay the strongest in the end, winning in 6:11.31 from Phllip Marron of Ratoath College.

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