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Rhasidat and Israel take biggest strides for diversity in Ireland

Success of new stars can inspire athletics boom in ways sports bodies could only have dreamt about

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Rhasidat Adeleke of Ireland after finishing fifth in the women's 400m final with a new national record of 50.53 at the European Championships in Munich. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Rhasidat Adeleke of Ireland after finishing fifth in the women's 400m final with a new national record of 50.53 at the European Championships in Munich. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Latifah Adeleke with a photo of her sister Rhasidat. Photo: Mick Carolan.

Latifah Adeleke with a photo of her sister Rhasidat. Photo: Mick Carolan.

Israel Olatunde of Ireland reacts after setting a new Irish record of 10.17 seconds at the European Championships. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Israel Olatunde of Ireland reacts after setting a new Irish record of 10.17 seconds at the European Championships. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

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Rhasidat Adeleke of Ireland after finishing fifth in the women's 400m final with a new national record of 50.53 at the European Championships in Munich. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Athletes Rhasidat Adeleke and Israel Olatunde have done more for diversity and inclusivity in less than a minute than the sporting bodies in Ireland could dream of in years.

Coming home from the European Championships, having broken national records and taken their place in the spotlight of success, they are now the ones who will be inspiring more Irish children and telling them that anything is possible.


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