Rare sprint gold for Ireland at major athletics tournament

Akpe Moses

Source: Athletics Ireland/Twitter

Ireland have struck gold on the track at the European U20 Championships after Gina Akpe-Moses stormed to a sensational victory in the 100m final.

The 18-year-old sprinter produced an incredibly powerful performance in Grosseto to become the first Irish athlete to win gold at these championships since Colin Costello in 2005.

After finishing second in her heat yesterday, Akpe-Moses had ground to make up on her rivals after coming out of the blocks slowly but powered through the second 50 metres to cross in a time of 11.71.

Germany’s Keshia Kwadwo finished second and Ingvild Meinseth of Norway came home in third, with Ireland’s Ciara Neville finishing seventh.

The 18-year-old sprinter produced an incredibly powerful performance in Grosseto to become the first Irish athlete to win gold at these championships since Colin Costello in 2005.

After finishing second in her heat yesterday, Akpe-Moses had ground to make up on her rivals after coming out of the blocks slowly but powered through the second 50 metres to cross in a time of 11.71.

Germany’s Keshia Kwadwo finished second and Ingvild Meinseth of Norway came home in third, with Ireland’s Ciara Neville finishing seventh.

She was also a member of the Irish U20 4x100m relay team which smashed the national record at the Diamond League meet in Switzerland at the start of this month.

In 2014, her family moved to Birmingham and Akpe-Moses has been running out of one of the UK’s top clubs, Birchfield Harriers, since.

 

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