Track & Field 2k21: European U20 Championships Recap
Adeleke, Kambundji, Askag win gold medals
(Above photo by @athletix_ch on Instagram)
Adeleke, Ilic, Eze finish top three in Euro U20, 100 meters
Ireland's Rhasidat Adeleke won the gold in the 100 meters at the European Athletics U20 Championships on July 16 in Tallin, Estonia. Adeleke was victorious with a time of 11.34, ahead of Ivana Ilic of Serbia who crossed the finish line at 11.42. Joy Eze, 17, the event's youngest competitor was third at 11.44.
Adeleke, who just completed her freshman season at Texas, won a Big 12 championship in the 400-meter relay. She was also conference runner-up in the open 100 meters and 200 meters. Over her career, the 18-year-old has won the 2018 European U18 championship in the 200 meters, the 2019 Irish national indoor title in the 200 meters, as well as this year's outdoor national championship in the 100 meters and the 200 meters at the European U20 Championships.
Ilic came in as Serbia's 100 and 200 meters national champ, winning both gold medals on June 6. Eze, who turned 17 on May 31, represented Great Britain & Northern Ireland while collecting the bronze medal. She also won her first gold medal at the European Athletics U20 Championships as a member of the winning 400-meter relay squad.
European Athletics U20 Championships - 100 Meters Final
Rhasidat Adeleke, Ireland, 11.34
Ivana Ilic, Serbia, 11.42
Joy Eze, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 11.44
Melissa Gutschmidt, Swizterland, 11.47
Minke Bisschops, Netherlands, 11.49
Polyniki Emmanouilidou, Greece, 11.66
N'Ketia Seedo, Netherlands, 11.68
Antonia Dellert, Germany, 11.78
Ditaji Kambundji dominates 100-meter hurdles at Euro U20 meet
Swizterland's Ditaji Kambundji, 19, added more gold to her collection, winning the 100-meter hurdles, July 17 at the European Athletics U20 Championships. Her time of 13.03 gave her a first place win over Weronika Barcz, 18, of Poland who finished second at 13.42. Marika Majewska, 19, of Poland placed third at 13.46.
Kambundji has won national championships during the indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles as well as taking her second straight gold in at the outdoor Swiss national championships in the 100-meter hurdles.
Barcz ran a personal best legal time of 13.42 in the final. She entered the race with a bronze medal that she won at this year's Polish U20 Championships on July 4. Majewska placed second at this year's Polish U20 Championships.
European Athletics U20 Championships 100 Meter-Hurdles Final
Ditaji Kambundji, Switzerland, 13.03
Weronika Barcz, Poland, 13.42
Marika Majewska, Poland, 13.46
Aitana Radsma, Spain, 13.48
Johanna Plank, Austria, 13.62
Sonja Stang, Finland, 13.78
Hawa Jalloh, Germany, 13.84
Anna Toth, Hungary, 14.31
Sweden's Askag wins Euro U20 long jump and triple crowns
Maja Askag, 18, of Sweden jumped to a mark of 6.80 to claim first place in the long jump, at the European Athletics U20 Championships, July 18. She won the gold just two days after taking gold in the triple jump on July 16.
Askag hit personal bests in both competitions. In the long jump she placed ahead of Spain's Tessy Ebosele's mark of 6.63 and Germany's Mikaelle Assani's jump of 6.62.
Askag won the triple jump at 14.05, over Valeriya Volovlikova, 18, of Russia. She placed second at 13.65. Darja Sopova, 19, of Latvia was third with a jump of 13.62.
Askag earned her first two gold medals in international competition. She was already a two-time Swiss national indoor champion in the triple jump, taking first this year and in 2019.
Long jumper Ebosele, who turns 19, July 28, jumped a personal best at 6.63, and won her second silver medal this year as she was the runner-up at the Spanish U20 Championships. Assani, 18, was fourth in the long jump at this year's German championships before winning a silver medal at the German U23 Championships, last month.