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Gutsy Adeleke Leg Takes Irish Women To Verge Of 4x400m Medal

Gutsy Adeleke Leg Takes Irish Women To Verge Of 4x400m Medal

The Irish U20 women's 4x400m relay team finished fifth in the final at the European Championships in Tallinn on Sunday.

Though, a heroic effort from Rhasidat Adeleke had taken Ireland to the brink of medal contention on the final leg.

The 18-year-old - who won gold medals at the championship in the 100m and 200m - was handed the baton by Maeve O'Neill with Ireland in sixth place.

By the back straight, Adeleke had moved Ireland into third, and looked as though she was about to overtake leaders Germany and Spain.

It was then that the weekend's exertions - running heats, semi-finals, and finals in the 100m and 200m - started to tell as Adeleke tied up down the home straight.

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Still, the 3:37:39 finishing time - two second behind gold medallists Germany - was an Irish record for the team which featured Lauren McCourt and Caoimhe Cronin on the first two legs.

Adeleke's leg - ran in 52.54 - was the fastest of anyone in the race.

Rhasidat Adeleke final leg 4x400m relay

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PJ Browne
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