Adeleke leads the field of new global-level Irish athletic talent

The 20-year-old Tallaght woman heads a promising group that includes multiple medal contenders at major world championships for years to come

Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke after finishing fourth in the Women’s 400m Final at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Picture: INPHO

Rhasidat Adeleke emerged from the bowels of Budapest’s National Athletics Centre on Wednesday night, stepped onto the world stage and held her arms aloft to greet the raucous Irish crowd in the stands above her.

Minutes later as the wall of noise enveloping the 20-year-old Dublin superstar reached its crescendo, Adeleke stretched and strained every sinew in a last gasp attempt to adorn her second world championship appearance with a medal in the 400 metre ...