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Sunday 13 October 2019

Adeleke proves a golden girl in Baku

Rhasidat Adeleke
Rhasidat Adeleke

Rhasidat Adeleke stormed home in first place in the girls' 100m at the European Youth Olympics in Baku yesterday.

The Dubliner crossed the line comfortably in a time of 11.70 ahead of Johanna Klymanen (Finland) and Cheyenne Kuhn (Germany).

Adeleke, a Herald School Sports Star of the Week, won a silver medal in the last edition of the Youth Olympics in 2017, competing in the 200m, as well as bronze in the girls' 4x100m. She competes in the girls' 200m tomorrow.

The ecstatic Tallaght AC athlete said: "I just felt like I got a decent enough start. I tried to execute my race doing what my coach told me to - just drive, drive, drive. And hopefully by 60m I would try to pull away, and I think what I did. This is what I've been praying for all season, and to get the gold - I'm so happy. I'm ecstatic."

Swimmer Molly Mayne qualified for the final of the girls' 200m breaststroke with a personal best time of 2.30.06. She qualified for the final which takes place this evening with the third fastest time.

On the track in Tofiq Bahranov Stadium, Israel Olatunde finished seventh in the boys' 100m, and in the decathlon Diarmuid O'Connor scored multiple PBs throughout the five events today - winning the opening 110m Hurdles and the final 1500m. This put him in a final position of sixth with a total of 6,762.

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