Congratulations to Rhasidat Adeleke and Lucan Sarsfield’s AHL One Team on being announced as The Echo Sports Star and Team for the month of July 2022.
July 2022 Sports Star of the Month: RHASIDAT ADELEKE
WHAT a summer it has proven to be for Tallaght Athletic Club’s, Rhasidat Adeleke. The Texas University-based sprinter certainly announced herself on the World Senior Championship stage when she finished ninth in the 400m in Oregon. Indeed she missed out on a place in the World Final by just a mere 0.16 seconds, her time of 50.81 seeing her finish fourth in her heat that was won by two-time Olympic gold medallist, Shaunae-Miller Uibo of the Bahamas. Adeleke battled right to the end for that second automatic qualification spot, but was just unable to overhaul Jamaica’s Candice McLeod and Poland’s Anna Kielbasin-ska who finished second and third respectively. nThat performance came hot on the heels of her superb display with the Ireland Mixed 4x400m squad as they reached the final at these championships Unfortunately, Adeleke did not recover in time to contest the medal race, and they had to settle for eighth place. The 19-year-old, who has set national records in the 60m, 200m, 300m and 400m this year, continued on to finish fifth in the European Senior Championships 400m Final in Munich.
July 2022 Team of the Month: LUCAN SARSFIELDS AHL ONE TEAM
IT HAS already proven a historic season for Lucan Sarsfields Adult Hurling League Division One team as they were crowned league champions for the first time following a 1-34 to 2-17 final triumph over Ballyboden St Enda’s. In their only previous showpiece appearance back in 2009, a youthful Lucan outfit lost out to the same opposition. And this year, their Firhouse Road counterparts had enjoyed an unbeaten march in the closing stages of AHL One with 10 wins and one draw, but the men from the 12th Lock were not to be denied on this occasion. No fewer than 13 players got their name on the scoresheet throughout the course of action in the decider with Chris O’Leary’s haul of 0-7 marginally edging out the five points apiece contributed by Charlie Keher and Dublin senior panellist, Paul Crummey. Despite the teams being deadlocked for much of the opening period, a strong end to the half ultimately acted as the springboard for Lucan’s eventual triumph. And, having already shot the lights out before the break, they added an outstanding 19 points to their tally to secure the top-tier crown and earn the perfect springboard into the championship.