First European Gold for Ireland since 1998

It’s celebration time for Irish athletics as the 4x400m mixed relay team secured the first gold medal for Ireland since 1998 at the European Athletics Championships this weekend.

The relay team secured the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998.

The Irish mixed relay team consisting of Chris O’Donnell, Rhasidat Adeleke, Thomas Barr, and Sharlene Mawdsley secured the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998.

Finishing just 0.77 seconds ahead of Italy, the team even managed to break the national record. At the event, they shaved an impressive 1.61 seconds off their previous best time, which they achieved at last month’s World Relays in the Bahamas.

A weekend of celebration all round, it was an entire team effort to secure the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998.

Great news for Ireland’s athletics – success at the European games

Tipperary-born Sharlene Mawdsley managed to move into the lead in the final leg to secure a European Gold for Ireland.
Credit: YouTube Screenshot / European Athletics

The European Athletics Championships is one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. Bringing together some of the very best athletes from all across Europe, this year’s event championship took place at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

With hopeful teams competing across a number of events, including various distance sprints, relays, hurdles, long jump, and more, it’s always an exciting week of sport.

This year, the Irish mixed relay team showed just what they’re made of, beating out Italy to take home the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998.

A full team effort – a close finish

Ireland managed to finish the 4x400m relay race just 0.77 seconds ahead of Italy, who claimed second place. Meanwhile, the Dutch team led by Femke Bol came in third place, taking home bronze for the Netherlands.

Chris O’Donnell took the starting leg with a steady time of 46.09 seconds before passing the baton to Rhasidat Adeleke, who managed to outpace the highly-rated Lieke Klaver of the Netherlands.

Thomas Barr kept the team’s pace steady before Tipperary’s Sharlene Mawdsley shot out the final leg moving into the lead with just 100 m left to run.

She crossed the finish line at an impressive three minutes and 9.92 seconds to secure the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998.

Not the only success for Ireland – a great weekend for the island

The Irish team started strong in the 4x400m relay race in Rome.
Credit: Pexels

The champion relay team managed to take home the first European Gold for Ireland since 1998. The last time the Irish team enjoyed such success was back when the legendary Sonia O’Sullivan secured the top spot in the ​​5,000 m and 10,000 m double.

Elsewhere, Portaferry-born Ciara Mageean set the tone of Irish success for the weekend. The 32-year-old runner finished third in her heat of the women’s 1,500 m final behind Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie and Italy’s Ludovica Cavalli.

Dublin-born Sarah Healy also proved successful, securing her place in the 1,500 m final. She secured a time of 4:12.30 to finish fourth in her heat. Meanwhile, Dublin native Israel Olatunde made it into the 100 m semi-finals finishing third in his heat on Friday.

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