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European Championships: Ireland’s history-making Israel Olatunde finishes sixth in 100m final.

Ireland’s history-making Israel Olatunde broke an Irish record as he finished sixth in the 100m final at the European Championships in Munich.

The 20-year-old ran a time of 10.17 seconds having become the first Irish athlete to reach the final of the Europeans.

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the title, running 9.95 seconds to beat British defending champion Zharnel Hughes (9.99).

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Jeremiah Azu took bronze with 10.13.

In a tight final, Olatunde’s time was 0.02 faster than the national record set by Paul Hession 15 years ago.

The Dundalk athlete had earlier become the final by coming second behind Jacobs in Tuesday evening’s third heat.

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“It’s just amazing,” Olatunde told RTÉ Sport of his historic achievements. “To be here in a European final, finish sixth and get a national record, I just can’t believe it. I had no idea I ran that fast. It’s a dream come true.

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“The atmosphere was amazing, the crowd was amazing. These are the fastest guys in Europe and I’m up there with them. I’m so happy to be there and I know I can definitely improve so I’m looking forward to that.”

Source: bbc

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