Rhasidat Continues Form and Irish Athletes Impress at New Balance Grand Prix

ByEmma Porter |

Rhasidat Adeleke has broken the Irish 400m record of Karen Shinkins (51.58), which had stood since 2002, with a scintillating 50.45 at the University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic this evening (Feb 4th).

The time represents the fastest in history by an Irishwoman, indoors or out, while also ranking as the fastest time in the world this year. Adeleke’s new indoor 400m record improves on her own outdoor 400m record of 50.53 set in August 2022.

Today’s performance continues a remarkable start to the 2023 season for the Tallaght AC athlete, who had only last month broken her own Irish 200m indoor record with a world-leading time of 22.52 (Jan 21).

Full Result HERE

New Balance Grand Prix

Meanwhile, a number of Irish athletes were in action in Boston, at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Brian Fay and Darragh McElhinney finished 6th & 7th in the 3000m. Fay clocked a 7:43:85 PB to take 3rd on the all time list ahead of Eamonn Coghlan, while McElhinney followed shortly after in a time of 7:45:79, also a PB, however in his post race interview discussed a slightly disappointing and frustrating race.

In the mile Andrew Coscoran posted a PB of 3:53.64 to take 4th, while Luke McCann was 6th with 3:54.91.

Mark English was 3rd in the 800m with his second fastest time ever indoors and season best of 1:46.57.

Ciara Mageean was also in action over the weekend. However, as she returns from injury, she made the decision not to finish in the 3000m. Although the European Indoor Championships remain a target for her in a few weeks time.

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