July 2022 Sports Star of the Month: Rhasidat Adeleke
WHAT a summer it has proven to be for Tallaght Athletic Club’s, Rhasidat Adeleke.
The Texas University-based sprinter certainly announced herself on the World Senior Championship stage when she finished ninth in the 400m in Oregon.
Indeed she missed out on a place in the World Final by just a mere 0.16 seconds, her time of 50.81 seeing her finish fourth in her heat that was won by two-time Olympic gold medallist, Shaunae-Miller Uibo of the Bahamas.
Adeleke battled right to the end for that second automatic qualification spot, but was just unable to overhaul Jamaica’s Candice McLeod and Poland’s Anna Kielbasin-ska who finished second and third respectively.
That performance came hot on the heels of her superb display with the Ireland Mixed 4x400m squad as they reached the final at these championships
Unfortunately, Adeleke did not recover in time to contest the medal race, and they had to settle for eighth place.
The 19-year-old, who has set national records in the 60m, 200m, 300m and 400m this year, continued on to finish fifth in the European Senior Championships 400m Final in Munich.