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Phil Healy Wins 200m Title After Gripping Battle With Rhasidat Adeleke

Phil Healy Wins 200m Title After Gripping Battle With Rhasidat Adeleke
By PJ Browne
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Phil Healy won the national 200m title for the fifth consecutive year at Morton Stadium on Sunday.

The Bandon sprinter was victorious in a nail-biting finish against Tallaght AC's Rhasidat Adeleke. Healy won in 22.83, just 0.01 ahead of her teenage rival. Dublin City Harriers' Catherine McManus claimed bronze in 23.57.

Adeleke came off the bend with a small lead over Healy. However, the 26-year-old reeled in her opponent to claim the narrow win.

Last month, Adeleke - who is attending the University of Texas - broke Healy's national 200m record, running 20.96 at the Big 12 Championships in Manhattan.

Phil Healy beats Rhasidat Adeleke to 200m title

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Despite Healy running faster on Sunday, the time will not stand as a new record as the wind speed was, agonisingly, just over the legal limit of 2.0 m/s.

Both Adeleke and Healy had already won national titles this weekend. Adeleke won the 100m on Saturday, running 11.29 while Healy won the 400m, running 52.33.

The 200m victory is Healy's 14th Irish title.

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Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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