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Our record-breaking athletes Rhasidat and Israel do Ireland and their families proud

Martina Devlin


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Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates in Munich after finishing fifth and breaking the Irish record in the European Championships 400 metres final. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates in Munich after finishing fifth and breaking the Irish record in the European Championships 400 metres final. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates in Munich after finishing fifth and breaking the Irish record in the European Championships 400 metres final. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein

In March 2020, I shared a public platform with a smiling schoolgirl of 17 who was wearing a tracksuit, like any teenager – except this girl was said to run like the wind. We were part of an An Post discussion panel for International Women’s Day, and she spoke with humour and humility about her prodigious talent for speed.

I remember asking how to pronounce her name and the way she laughed good-naturedly, saying people struggled with it. This week, many more of us are familiar with that name thanks to her performance in the European Championships – my fellow panellist was Rhasidat Adeleke.


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