Massive congratulations to local girl Rhasidat Adeleke who won Ireland’s fourth medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary, yesterday.
The 14-year-old Tallaght athlete secured 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.
Rhasidat set a new personal best in the first round of the competition when she recorded a time of 24.16 before winning her semi-final on Wednesday with an impressive time of 24.25.
Her time in the final was quicker than her personal best but because it was wind assisted it was over the legal limit.
It’s been an unbelievable season for the highly rated Adeleke, which has seen her break underage sprint records and win silver in the 200m at the Schools International in Dublin a few weeks ago.
In April she won the U16 girls 200m in a championship best performance (CBP) of 24.46 at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships.
The week before that she won the U16 girls’ 60m in 7.55 seconds and her 200m time was a European U20 qualifying standard and just .01 off a European U23 standard such was the quality of her performance.
Rhasidat’s is the third Irish sprint medal at European level this 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.