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On hand to help promote the Daily Mile and SPAR Better Choices was Irish international athlete and SPAR ambassador Rhasidat Adeleke. The Daily Mile programme sees primary school children around the country run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes every day. Nearly 1,000 schools are taking part across the country. To sign up your school log onto https://thedailymile.ie. Photo: Sportsfile

On hand to help promote the Daily Mile and SPAR Better Choices was Irish international athlete and SPAR ambassador Rhasidat Adeleke. The Daily Mile programme sees primary school children around the country run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes every day. Nearly 1,000 schools are taking part across the country. To sign up your school log onto https://thedailymile.ie. Photo: Sportsfile

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On hand to help promote the Daily Mile and SPAR Better Choices was Irish international athlete and SPAR ambassador Rhasidat Adeleke. The Daily Mile programme sees primary school children around the country run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes every day. Nearly 1,000 schools are taking part across the country. To sign up your school log onto https://thedailymile.ie. Photo: Sportsfile

Rhashidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC continues her indoor season on Saturday when she competes in the Junior women's 200m at the National Junior and Indoor Championships in Athlone.

Adeleke recently clocked a personal best 7.40 secs for 60m in Abbotstown and her big target for the year is the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, next July.

The Tallaght Leaving Cert student missed out on this competition last season when Davicia Patterson of Beechmount AC was the winner. Patterson hasn't entered this year and Adeleke looks the class of the field.

Adeleke is one of many talented young athletes heading for Athlone. Competing in the women's U23 race is Ciara Neville of Emerald AC who finished second last year behind Sophie Becker in both the 60m and the 200m and when the outdoor season came around, clocked the the second fast time ever by an Irish woman.

Going for a double in the U23 60m sprint and 60m hurdles is Molly Scott of SLOT AC like Adeleke and Neville a member of the Irish relay squad, along with Lauren Roy from City of Lisburn.

Roy is the defending junior title holder, having run 7.42 secs to edge out Patience Jumbo-Gula of St Gerard's Dundalk last year. Scott ran an identical time of 7.42 secs for the distance some ten days ago in Abbotstown. Big target for the Irish relay squad is Olympic qualification, although there's also European Championships in Paris next August.

In the men's sprints, Israel Olatunde of Dundealgan AC defends his junior 60m title, with Leevale's Conor Morey, second last year, likely to be the biggest threat. Morey has also entered the junior 200m where he's the defending champion.

Leading the U23 entry is Joseph Ojewumi from Tallaght AC, the winner last year. Also entered is his clubmate Joseph Finnegan Murphy.

Defending her U23 shot and 28lb for distance titles in Michaela Walsh of Swinford AC. Elizabeth Morland, winner of the Irish women's pentathlon title last weekend, is entered for both the U23 shot putt and long jump.

Ruby Millet of St Abban's AC defends her Junior long jump title where the entry includes Adeyemi Talabi of Longford AC, runner-up last year.

Entered in the Junior men's high jump is Nelvin Appiah of Longford AC who lost out on countback to Ciarán Connolly of Le Chéile AC last year, with both men soaring over the bar at 1.96m. Connolly moves into the U23 ranks this year, where he takes on Ryan Carthy Walsh of Adamstown AC.

In middle distance, Claire Fagan of Mullingar Harriers, and UCD pair Rose Finnegan and Kate Nurse, the top three from last year, will battle it out again in the U23 800m, as will Ruarcán Ó Gibne of Ace AC, Bohermeen's Kevin McGrath and Mark Milner of UCD AC the top three from last year's men's U23 800m.

Fagan and Finnegan are also entered for the U23 1500m, where a strong entry includes Jodie McCann of DCH AC and Sli Cualann's Emma O'Brien.

O'Brien ran time of 4:55.44 for the mile at last week's NIA Live meet in Abbotstown.