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Another sprint medal for Ireland's youngsters as Adekele bags 200m European silver

Fourteen-year-old Rhasidat Adekele is bringing silver home from Hungary.

European Youth Olympic Festival 2017 - Day 3 Source: Eóin Noonan/SPORTSFILE

RHASIDAT ADEKELE CONTINUED a brilliant medal rush for Ireland’s young sprinters as she took silver in the 200m at the European Youth Olympics in Hungary.

Tallaght’s Adekele, who does not turn 15 until next month, was runner-up in the U17 final in a time of 23.81, seven-hundredths of a second behind winner Zoe Sedney of the Netherlands.

The medal is Ireland’s fourth at the Games following the silver won by Lara Gillespie in the girls’ cycling time trial, and bronze for both Patience Jumbo-Gula in the 100m and Cavan’s Jade Williams in the hammer.

Forty Irish youngsters aged between 14 and 16 are competing at the Games in Gyor which finish on Saturday.

The sprint success follows Gina Akpe-Moses’ 100m gold at the European U20 Championships in Italy last week.

Originally published 18.30

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‘To see her on the podium, the Irish flag going up and the anthem being played was just amazing’

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