Gina Akpe-Moses has created history winning the European U20 100m title in 11.71 seconds on a great evening for Irish athletics in Grosseto, Italy.
The Blackrock (Louth) athlete sprinted to glory with Ciara Neville (Emerald) 7th in 11.98 seconds.
“It was amazing and I’m so excited. I was catching them. I knew that I could get them. I’m just so, so happy,” said Moses.
It was a magnificent evening of athletics for Ireland with Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown) and Kate O’Connor (St Gerard’s Dundalk) finishing 5th and 8th in a high-quality heptathlon. Morland set a new national senior, U23 and U20 record of 5,801 points with 16-year-old O’Connor scoring 5,759 points which is more points than the Irish Youth record – the implements are different so that will have to be ratified.
Christopher O’Donnell (North Sligo), Michaela Walsh (Swinford) and Nadia Power (Templeogue) were also brilliant performers making finals. O’Donnell made the 400m final winning his semi-final in 46.78. Walsh made the shot put and hammer finals with respective throws of 15.39m and 62.23m. Power made the women’s 1500m final with a personal best of 4:22.82
You can watch a video interview with Gina Akpe-Moses and the other finalists on the Athletics Ireland Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com