The record breaking feats from young Irish athletes continued this weekend. At the NCAA D1 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Rhasidat Adeleke regained the Irish 60m record which Molly Scott had taken from her just a fortnight earlier.
The 19-year-old Adeleke, who was running for the University of Texas at the championships in Alabama, ran 7.17 seconds in her heat to take 0.02 off the mark which Scott set at the Irish nationals.
Prior to 2022, the Irish record had been 7.27, set by Amy Foster in 2018. However, over the past six weeks, Scott and Adeleke have equalled or broken the record on eight occasions. Scott lowered the record to 7.25, 7.24, and 7.23 before Adeleke ran 7.21. Scott then became the first Irish woman to run below 7.20 before Adeleke ran Saturday's 7.17.
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Adeleke (running in lane 7 of the video above) finished third in her heat, meaning she became the first Irish athlete to compete in an NCAA Division 1 indoor sprint final. The Tallaght AC sprinter finished eighth in the final, running 7.27 seconds.
40 minutes after that final, she ran in another running 22.88 as she finished fourth in the 200m final. In what was a busy evening for Adeleke, she also ran the second leg for Texas as they finished second in the 4x400m relay final.
Insert image: 17 July 2021; Rhasidat Adeleke of Ireland after winning gold in the final of the women's 200 metres during day three of the European Athletics U20 Championships at the Kadriorg Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marko Mumm/Sportsfile