Tallaght AC’s Rhasidat Adeleke and Balbriggan’s Andrew Coscoran break national records on huge day for Dublin athletics

by Aaron Dunne
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Rhasidat Adeleke and Andrew Coscoran both set national records on a shining Saturday for Irish athletics. 

Adeleke broke her own Irish record for the women’s 400 metres by winning the Big 12 Conference final in Lubbock, Texas in a time of 50.33 seconds.

Representing the University of Texas, where she is in the second year of a scholarship, Adeleke passed through 200 metres of the indoor track in a swift 23.62 seconds before powering on to win by over six metres from her team-mate Kennedy Simon and setting a new NCAA (American college athletics) record.

Just three weeks ago, the 20-year-old had set a new Irish best performance at altitude in Albuquerque New Mexico of 50.45 seconds, which was quicker than her Irish outdoor record.

Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC, Dublin, after winning the women’s 100m during day two of the Irish Life Health National Senior Track and Field Championships 2022 at Morton Stadium in Dublin.
Photo by George Tewkesbury/Sportsfile

The new mark of 50.33 moves Adeleke to No 2 in the world women’s indoor 400 metres rankings behind Femke Bol of the Netherlands.

Earlier on Saturday, Andrew Coscoran broke a 41-year-old 1500m Irish record when clocking 3:33:49 to take third at the World Tour Indoor finals in Birmingham.

Coscoran, 26, shaved 0.01 of a second off the outdoor time Ray Flynn achieved in Oslo’s Dream Mile in July 1982 and shattered Marcus O’Sullivan’s old indoor record of 3:36.64, set in 1989.

Remarkably, Coscoran’s 22-year-old compatriot Luke McCann also broke O’Sullivan’s record, finishing fourth in a new PB of 3:34:76..It leaves Coscoran and McCann in fine fettle ahead of next week’s European Indoor Championships in Istanbul, which take place from 2 to 5 March.

Featured Image: Andrew Coscoran of Ireland after the Men’s 1500m Final during day 8 of the European Championships 2022 at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany.
Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

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