Adeleke hauls Tallaght to gold

TALLAGHT AC’s European Under 18 200m gold medallist Rhasidat Adeleke helped see her club top the podium in the Under 18 Girls 4x200m Relay at the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships in Abbotstown on Friday.

Fielding two teams in this event, Tallaght saw its first team, consisting of Lauryn McDermott, Aisling Mc Guinness, Niamh Gibson and Sophia Kourrini closely challenge for the lead over the initial 500m with DSD.

Tallaght AC Relays

Tallaght and DSD AC made the podium in the Dublin Championship's Under 18 Girls 4x200m Relay in Abbotstown.

The Tallaght second team consisting of Katelyn Murphy O’ Neill, Eireann Hayes, Andrea Uchime and Rhasidat Adeleke where chasing in third.

The chance of claiming the gold medals appeared have evaporated when the DSD team established what appeared to be an unassailable lead of over 50m at the final exchange.

And when anchor runner Adeleke received her baton, she looked to be faced with an impossible task, but the World Under 20 Relay silver medallist demonstrated sheer class and an exhilarating turn of foot over the final 200m to close the gap and take the title, even easing down with almost 10m to spare when crossing the finish with the Tallaght second team taking bronze.

The Under 18 boy’s team consisting of Philip Omisore, Peter Nigon, Dylan Byrne and Moses Ikpefua combined very well to take bronze in their 4x200m Final.

Tallaght will have a large number of athletes contest-ing relays and individual track and field contests when they again compete in the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships from Friday to Sunday.

In addition to podium placings, qualification for the National Champion-ships in the Under 12 to Under 19 categories will be up for grabs.

Meanwhile, at the AAI Indoor Games in Abbots-town,  Joseph Finnegan Murphy clocked 7.07 on his way to finishing fifth in his heat of the 60m.

Simon Essuman came home in 7.13 when taking third in his heat and he recorded 22.54 when finishing second in the 200m while Sarah Doyle crossed the line in 1.02.56 when finishing sixth in her 400m heat.

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