Ireland claimed their second gold at the European U18 Championships on Saturday evening with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) powering to victory in the 200m final, while Sophie O'Sullivan took silver after a super run in the 800m.
Adeleke, the 15-year old Dubliner, ran a personal best of 23.53 on the way to victory in Gyor, Hungary, beating her previous best recorded in this morning's semi-final.
"I can’t believe it," the teenager said. "It’s just so surreal, I just tried my best to keep my form, because I know when I’m under pressure I start to lose my form and slow down.
"You have to really get a good bend and then you just drive on and keep going on the straight."
Rhasidat Adeleke on a brilliant win in the girls 200m final in 23.52 pic.twitter.com/tv9B8bJZ9f— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) July 7, 2018
Adeleke's win gives Ireland its second gold medal of the championships, following Sarah Healy's win in the 3000m yesterday.
A couple of hours after she did the business, O'Sullivan - daughter of Sonia - delivered another medal for Ireland, clocking a PB of 2:06.05 to make the podium.
"I'm really happy," the 16-year-old said. "I was just so happy to be here to do the best I could. It turned out well!
"I was probably a bit too eager to get going down the back straight but I managed to keep going."
Super silver and super smiles!!! 2:06.05 for an official pb for Sophie O’Sullivan pic.twitter.com/iNdYWLKrwK— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) July 7, 2018
Brian Lynch (Old Abbey) has a good start to his decathlon, clocking a personal best in the 100m of 11.61 and 6.61m in the long jump.
Lynch also jumped 6.74m which counted for points but not as a PB as the wind was +2.4m. He followed up with a best of 12.48m in the shot put.
The girls’ medley relay (100, 200, 300, 400) team of Adeyemi Talabi (Longford), Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk), Rachel McCann (North Down) and Simone Lalor (St Laurence O’Toole) just missed out on making the final, finishing fourth in their heat and tenth overall with a time of 2:13.64.
It provided a good introduction to international competition for some of the team and also Jumbo-Gula was delighted to be back on the track and competing after her fifth place finish in the 100m final last night.
Also in action tonight are Miriam Daly (Carrick on Suir) in the semis of the 400m hurdles at 5.05pm, Louis O'Loughlin (Donore Harriers) in the semis of the 800m at 7.08pm and Sophie O'Sullivan in the final of the 800m at 8.18pm.