Following her sensational gold medal in the 100m on Monday, Rhasidat Adeleke was in action again this morning at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.
The Dubliner dominated her heat in the Girl's 200m to win with a time of 24.36, booking her place in tomorrow’s final with the joint second fastest time.
The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.
Tofiq Bahranov Stadium was busy on the third day of Irish action for Irish athletes, with mixed fortunes across the team. In the Boy’s 200m Charles Okafor, competing in his first major games, finished sixth in his heat with a time of 22.85.
"It was a good race, it wasn’t my best race, but it is what it is," the Westmeath athlete said after the race.
"You’re running against talented people top athletes from other countries, it’s a very good experience. I’m happy to represent Ireland, to represent my own country, it’s such an honour. It’s my first season to represent Ireland I am just so grateful for that."
In the second heat of the Boy’s 400m Hurdles, Cian Dunne was disappointed with his fifth place finish in 59.25 saying: "I missed pretty much every hurdle, I had no energy, it just went wrong. It’s been a great experience, and great to get a chance like this and take everything on board that I’ve learnt."
Hammer Thrower Sean Maher had to settle for 13th in his event, with 56.48, outside his personal best.
"I’m severely disappointed and I knew I could perform a lot better than 56m – that’s 12m off what I know I can throw. But when you’re here you need to compete with the big boys – you need to get a throw in in the first three or you’re not going anywhere.
"I take so much with me, simple things that you can take to the next step and it really helps you bring up your game. I definitely want to come back – the World U20s in Kenya next year, that’s where I know I’m going to show out."
In the pool, 13-year-old Molly Mayne won bronze in the in the Girl's 200m Breaststroke, an event in which she has qualified as the third fastest qualifier.
Ellie McKibbin raced a personal best time in the Girl’s 200m Freestyle to finish eighth in her heat. Her time of 2.07.81 was not enough to advance to the next round.
Sean Donoghue finished 6th in the Boy's 1500m, knocking three seconds off his personal best time, crossing the line in 3.58.15.
Aimee Hayde finished sixth in the 800m Final. The Tipperary runner qualified earlier this week, finishing second in her heat, and had her eyes on a higher place.
"I am really disappointed, I'm a bit raw now, but tomorrow I’ll realise that I actually came sixth in Europe," Hayde said after the race in which she started strong, "It was going well for the first 400 and then I got boxed in and I wasn’t mentally prepared for that and I know it’s something I can work on, and hopefully next year.
"I’m only under 17, so I’ll have the under 18s next year, and hopefully I will do well there. It was a great experience – getting thrown against those girls, Sophia Volkmer (Germany) the girl who won it, she’s number one in Europe – it was an honour to race her."
Gymnasts Caoimhe Donohoe and Eve McKibbin, the youngest members of Team Ireland, also made their EYOF debut. From Galway, Donohoe finished 63rd in the All Around – scoring particularly high in the beam with 11.80, ranked 28th. Eve McGibbon competed in the Floor Routine only, where she finished 75th.