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Golden girl Adeleke seals sprint double at European Youth Olympics

The teenager produced another hugely impressive performance to claim 200 metres gold.

RHASIDAT ADELEKE ONCE again underlined her prodigious talent by sealing a superb sprint double for Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Baku this evening.

The 16-year-old produced another emphatic performance to claim 200 metres gold at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium, adding to her 100 metres title she won on Tuesday.  

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates winning 100m final Gold standard: The Tallaght teenager blew the field away. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Adeleke finished ahead of Hungary in second and France’s Serena Kouassi in a time of 23.92. 

“I’m just happy. It was kind of a late decision to do both events but to come away with the two golds is just so unexpected. I’m so happy,” she said.

“The Irish support is amazing, the crowd were so loud. It just makes you want to do really well.”

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates winning with her mother Adewumi Ademola Adeleke celebrates with her mother. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Last year, the Tallaght AC starlet won 4x100m relay silver for Ireland at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, alongside Molly Scott, Gina Akpe-Moses, Ciara Neville and Patience Jumbo-Gala.

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Adeleke also won gold in the 200m at the 2018 European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary. 

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