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Watch: Ireland's 4x100m relay team win heat to power into World Championship final

A blistering run by Scott, Akpe-Moses, Adeleke and Jumbo-Gula.

Ireland's relay team will race for a medal tomorrow.
Ireland's relay team will race for a medal tomorrow.
Image: Athletics Ireland/Twitter

Updated at 21.32

THE GOOD TIMES keep rolling in Tampere, and Ireland’s 4×100 metres relay team will go into Sunday’s final harbouring genuine ambitions of medalling at the World U20 Athletics Championships.

Running in heat two, the Irish team of Molly Scott, Gina Akpe-Moses, Rhasidat Adeleke and Patience Jumbo-Gula stormed to victory in a time of 44.27 to qualify for the final as second fastest.

19-year-old Scott gave Ireland a good start over the first 100 metres, before European U20 100m champion Akpe-Moses and European U18 200m champion Adeleke carried the momentum through the next two handovers, with Jumbo-Gula running the anchor leg.

“I felt quite fast, I got out of the blocks well and I knew that was the job I had to do,” Scott said. “It was smooth and we didn’t take any risks but in the final, we’re going to!”

It was another remarkable performance by this next wave of Irish athletes on the world stage, with Germany the only other team to clock a faster time and the likes of USA and Jamaica failing to qualify.

Jumbo-Gula added: “We’re just going to go out and do what we did today, run out hard and see what happens. We’re pretty confident.”

The final takes place at 2.04pm on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s men of Conor Morey, David McDonald, Jack Dempsey and Aaron Sexton finished third in their heat in a time of 40.51, which wasn’t quite quick enough to secure their place in the final.

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