Friday 6 December 2019

Adeleke chief Irish medal hope

FINAL CHANCE: Adeleke. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
FINAL CHANCE: Adeleke. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Race walker Oisín Lane saw his medal hopes dashed on the opening day of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan yesterday.

The Westmeath teenager was demoted from a podium position in the latter stages of the boys' 10km event after being forced into the pit lane for a 60-second time penalty due to three technical warnings. He was in second place at the time, but in the end he had to settle for fourth.

Sprint star Rhasidat Adeleke is the chief medal hope today, the Tallaght sprinter coasting through her 100m heat yesterday. However, due to a false start the race was re-run in the evening, where Adeleke finished second in 11.87. "I just tried to execute the race without putting too much effort so I'm fresh for the final," she said.

Israel Olatunde advanced to the boys' 100m final after finishing third in his heat in 10.75, while Aimee Hayde advanced in the 800m after finishing second in her heat in 2:14.26.

Ciara Sheehy reached the shot put final after throwing 16.00m while at the halfway stage of the decathlon, Bandon's Diarmuid O'Connor is in 10th with 3569 points.

In swimming, Ellie McKibbin finished 10th in her heat of the 100m freestyle in 59.1 seconds.

There were two tennis players in action: Sligo's Cliona Walsh was defeated 6-3, 7-6 by Sweden's Ida Johannson while Arthur O'Sullivan lost 6-3, 7-5 to Britain's Yujiro Onuma.

Irish competitors will be back in action in swimming, athletics, cycling and gymnastics today.

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