Rhasidat Adeleke starts off 2024 with two new Irish records

Rhasidat Adeleke starts off 2024 with two new Irish records
Grace Fisher
Grace Fisher

The records keep falling for Rhasidat Adeleke, and her performance at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in New Mexico was more of the same.

She broke her own Irish indoor 60m and 200m records, running 7.15 and 22.49.

The first of these was enough to win comfortably as well as shave .02 seconds off the 7.17 Adeleke ran in 2022. It's also the second-fastest time run in 2024 worldwide.

It was less than an hour later that Adeleke took .03 seconds off her own 200m record, coming in second to Julien Alfred, who ran 22.28.

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Adeleke set seven new Irish senior records last year; she currently holds the best times in the 60m, 200m, 300m and 400m indoors and the 200m, 300m, and 400m outdoors.

The Dubliner must now decide whether to compete in the World Indoors at Glasgow in March as well as the European Championships in June, just 7 weeks before the Olympics.

Her coach Edrick Floreal has made it very clear that Paris is the focus right now, saying last month: "If she has a chance to go to World Indoors and win a medal, then yes, great. If it's not looking good, if she gets sick, than we scrap indoors and move on."

"It's completely up to: does this help our chances in Paris? All that matters is getting a medal in Paris."

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