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Rhasidat Adeleke Finishes Fifth In European 400m Final

Rhasidat Adeleke Finishes Fifth In European 400m Final
By Rory Cassidy Updated

Rhasidat Adeleke has finished a superb fifth in the final of the 400m at the European Athletics Championships in Munich tonight.

Running from lane one, tricky for a sprinter with her stride length and height, the 19-year-old crossed the line in a new national record time of 50.53s, knocking 0.17s off her previous best set in May.

The Tallaght AC athlete produced an extremely brave run, managing to be in a medal position up until the final 50m where she tied up as the lactic acid began to bite.

RTÉ commentator Greg Allen described Rhasidat Adeleke's run as "world class". The University of Texas student looked disappointed with the performance after crossing the finish line.

The race was won by Dutch athlete Femke Bol who ran a European lead time of 49.44s.

Adeleke will return to action on Friday where she will spearhead a strong women's 4x400m relay team. Phil Healy, Sophie Becker, Sharlene Mawdsley, Cliodhna Manning and Roisin Harrison are all in the squad.

Rhasidat Adeleke superb season

It has been a fantastic season for Rhasidat Adeleke who finished tenth overall at the World Championships last month.

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Coached by Edrick Floreal at the University of Texas, Adeleke has an incredibly bright future ahead of her, with Floreal previously likening her to Usain Bolt.

The sprint sensation has also set Irish senior records at 60m, 200m and 300m this year and has ran 49 races in what has been a gruelling season.

Earlier today Thomas Barr qualified for the semi-final of the 400m hurdles.

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The Waterford man won his heat in a time of 49.49s. He will return to the track at the Olympiastadion tomorrow morning at 10:25am where he will race in the first of three semis.

Barr has been drawn in lane eight. The top two from each semi-final will advance to Friday night's final along with the next two fastest times.

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