15-year-old Rhasidat Adeleke storms to 200m gold for Ireland at European Championships

The Dublin teenager stormed to victory in the 200m final on Saturday evening in Hungary.

Adeleke pictured after her victory on Saturday.
Adeleke pictured after her victory on Saturday.
Image: Sasa Pahic Szabo/INPHO

THERE WAS MORE success for Ireland at the European U18s Championships on Saturday evening, as Rhasidat Adeleke secured a gold medal in the 200m final.

The 15-year-old stormed to a resounding 23.53 victory in Hungary, shedding tears afterwards following her success.

“I can’t believe it,” the teenager said. “It’s just so surreal, I just tried my best to keep my form, because I know when I’m under pressure I start to lose my form and slow down.

“You have to really get a good bend and then you just drive on and keep going on the straight.”

The Dubliner’s success was Ireland’s fourth medal at the European Championships.

Sarah Healy claimed gold in yesterday’s 3000m, adding to Gina Akpe-Moses’ silver in the 100m and Molly Scott’s bronze in the 100m hurdles two years ago.

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