Rhasidat Adeleke completed a sprint double at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku today in as she won the 200m in a time of 23.92.
The Tallaght Athletics Club sprinter went almost half a second faster than the 24.36 she posted in the qualifying round of the 200m, beating Hungary’s Mira Koszegi into silver, with Serena Kouassi (France) taking bronze.
Speaking after adding a second gold medal the 100m crown she secured earlier this week Adeleke said: "I’m just so happy. It was kind of a late decision to do both events, I was only meant to do one event, so to come away with the two gold is so unexpected.
"I just tried to have a really good bend, really fast, and just hold it for the last 100m. And I kind of felt like I was clear, so I was delighted.
"The Irish support here is amazing, I could hear it so loud when they call your name at the start, and then you hear all the support. It just makes you want to do really well."
In the cycling Boy’s Road Race Darren Rafferty rode an aggressive race to finish eighth after 75km on the 25km circuit.
Adam Gilsenan and Mark McGarry finished in 61st and 82nd positions respectively on the tough course.
In the Girl’s Road Race earlier this morning the course was two laps of the same 25km circuit, and the bunch split up completely early on, Aoife O’Brien was the highest Irish finisher in 47th place just ahead of Erin Creighton in 48th. Caoimhe May finished in 72nd place.
Swimmer Molly Mayne booked her place in tomorrow's final of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke with at time of 1.10.97, the fourth fastest time going into tomorrow’s showdown.
Disappointed to not get a personal best time, the Dubai based swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke last night, was upbeat saying: "It went okay, it was better than this morning. It still wasn’t a personal best, I am just happy I dropped off from this morning."
On the track high jumper Aoife O’Sullivan jumped the 1.75m qualifying height on her first jump – she will now compete in the final on Saturday.
Tommy Connolly ran a great race in the Boy’s 800m to finish fifth in his heat with 1.57.25 while in the Girl’s 2000m Steeplechase Wexford’s Roisin O’Reilly was 11th with a time of 7.21.33.
Tomorrow is a quieter day for Team Ireland in Baku with Mayne in action in swimming, and the Boy’s Medley Relay in the evening. The long wait will be over for Race Walker Emily MacHugh who competes in the 5km race, and Michael Morgan tackles the 3000m Final.