It's GOLD for Ireland! The country has a brand-new 100m sprint superstar 4 years ago

It's GOLD for Ireland! The country has a brand-new 100m sprint superstar

"Ireland don't get many sprint medals... "

Something of an understatement, arguably. Yes, we're all about middle distances in this fair isle... but that could all be about to change.

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It was 38 years since Ireland had two sprinters in a 100-metre European Championships final but Gina Akpe-Moses and Ciara Neville ended that streak then went on one of their own.

Neville had a fine run but it was nothing compared to Dublin sprinter Akpe-Moses, who pipped Keshia Kwadwo of Germany to the gold medal at the European Athletics U20 Championships.

Running into the wind, Akpe-Moses raced home in 11.71, which was 0.15 shy of a season best she ran back in May. It was enough for gold, though. More than enough.

The 18-year-old broke down in tears after realising her stunning run was the best of the lot. Neville was the first to congratulate her on a fantastic performance. She told Athletics Weekly:

"It was amazing and I’m so excited.

"I hoped to get a medal, and eventually the dream came true. In the semi-finals I started thinking I could jump on the podium, but only in the last 20m of the final I had the thought ‘I can get the gold medal’."

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Not to get too carried away but.... bring on the 2020 Olympics!