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A-plus for Adeleke

Tallaght’s Rhasidat Adeleke delivered another sprinting masterclass to win the U16 girls 200m in a championship best performance (CBP) of 24.46 on day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone (April 1st).

Much was anticipated for Adeleke having won the U16 girls’ 60m in 7.55 seconds last weekend where the juveniles showed there is a hotbed of latent talent to come through in the future. The 15-year-old’s 200m time was a European U20 qualifying standard and just .01 off a European U23 standard such was the quality of her performance.

Ailbhe Doherty (Ennis Track) won the U15 girls’ 60m last week and toed the line this week in the 800m taking on Newport’s heroine Aimee Hayde. And she delivered with an outstanding 2:14.24 CBP ahead Hayde’s 2:16.02. Doherty was the fastest girl over the distance throughout all the age groups.

On Sunday in Athlone, Adam King (Iveragh) and Michaela Walsh (Swinford) starred in the Athletics Ireland Spring Throws. King recorded a personal best of 62.15m in the hammer while Walsh won women’s equivalent with a best of 54.46m.

In the United States Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) ran her fastest ever outdoor season opener for Villanova with a time of 2:03.07 in Florida. Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley) threw 69.45m for Ole Mississippi.
At the Berlin half marathon Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham) finished 14th in 65:39.

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