SWORDS woman Greta Streimikyte got the World Para Athletics European Championships in Bydgoszcz off to the perfect start for Team Ireland as she led the field home in a European record time to retain the gold medal that she had also won in Berlin in 2018.
She was the first Irish Para Athlete to take to the track at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Poland this evening. The defending champion competed in the T13 1,500m just a week on from recording a huge personal best at the City of Lisburn event.
The European champion produced the perfect tactical performance as she streaked away from the field in the final lap and was able to hold off a late challenge to ensure her place at the top of the podium.
Speaking after the race, she said: “We decided that we would run from the front and that it would be great practice for Tokyo and it all worked out.
“The two Russian girls had beaten me in the past a good couple of times so I am delighted that this time I was lucky enough to beat them.”
The race was run in drenched conditions but it made no odds to her final performance, adding: “I am well used to that! I didn’t worry about the weather at all; I knew what I had to do, go to the front and lead it and everything worked out.”
Elsewhere, Brian Fay was also in sparkling form in Manchester, clocking a stunning 8:33.93 in the 3000m steeplechase. The time secured first place and now also ranks the Raheny Shamrock athlete fourth on the all-time Irish list.
Dundrum South Dublin’s Georgie Hartigan was also in action, this time taking on the 1500m where she secured a big personal best of 4:12.00.
DSD club mate Hiko Tonosa had a great victory at the IMC Meet in Belfast on Saturday, dominating the 5,000m race clocking 13.36.71.
Kate Doherty also set a new best over 200m, finishing secodnd to Phil Healy in 24.09.
Sinead Denny ran well in a high class 400m finishing to take fifth in 54.51, with Molly Hourihan 10th overall.
Rhasidat Adeleke continued her stunning 2021 season for Texas University. The Tallaght AC athlete is showing tremendous consistency stateside and last night equalled her 22.96 (+2.3) time posted when claiming the 200m national record set back on May 16.
PHOTO – Greta Streimikyte closes in on the finishing line on Tuesday evening. Picture: Tadeusz Skwiot