Sunday 20 January 2019

Adeleke silver medal extends superb spell for Irish sprinting

Rhasidat Adeleke. Photo: Sportsfile
Rhasidat Adeleke. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Rhasidat Adeleke secured Ireland's fourth medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary, yesterday afternoon, the 14-year-old Tallaght athlete sprinting to silver in the girls' 200m final in a wind-assisted 23.81 (+2.5m/s).

The race was won by Dutch athlete Zoe Sedney in 23.74, with France's Gemima Joseph third in 23.89.

It capped a superb summer for Adeleke, who has rewritten several underage sprint records this season and finished second over 200m at the Schools International in Dublin earlier this month.

It was the third Irish sprint medal at European level over the past week, following Gina Akpe-Moses' 100m win at the European U-20 Championships in Italy and Patience Jumbo-Gula's 100m bronze, also in Gyor, on Tuesday.

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Elsewhere yesterday, Miriam Daly clocked a lifetime best of 61.47 in the 400m hurdles semi-final to advance to today's final, where she carries a definite medal chance, while Sarah Healy won her 1,500m semi-final to book her place in tomorrow's final.

Maeve Gallagher finished eighth in the cycling road race with team-mate Lara Gillespie 18th. Shay Donley finished eighth in the boys' road race.

In the pool, Julia Knox swam a personal best of 1:05.78 to win her heat of the 100m butterfly but it was only good enough for 37th overall.

In judo, Bearach Gleeson bowed out of the 72kg weight class after losing his first contest to a Georgian competitor.

Irish Independent

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