Ireland has a 100m European champion after Gina Akpe-Moses sprinted to gold at the U20 Athletics Championships in Italy, writes Stephen Barry.
The Louth teenager clinched first place with a strong finish, clocking a time of 11.71 seconds to finish ahead of Germany’s Keshia Kwadwo.
GOLD FOR IRELAND!July 21, 2017
“It feels amazing, I am so, so, so happy! I’m really thankful for everyone who helped me get this far and I’m just absolutely ecstatic. I can’t believe it,” said the overjoyed Blackrock AC athlete.
She wasn’t even the only Irish sprinter in the final, with Ciara Neville crossing the line in seventh in 11.98 seconds – the first time that’s happened since Patricia Amond and Michelle Walsh competed in the 1979 100m final.
That winning feeling crossing the line for gold! Gina-Akpe Moses cheers with delight. Photo cred: @FeidhlimKelly #grosseto2017 pic.twitter.com/5sbygqGzwu— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) July 21, 2017
Earlier, North Sligo's Chris O'Donnell booked his place in the 400m final by winning his semi-final in 46.78 seconds, while Mayo's Michaela Walsh has qualified for both the shot putt and hammer finals.