Israel Olatunde Breaks Irish 100m Record

Israel Olatunde has become Ireland’s fastest ever man.

Olatunde ran a record 10.17s on Tuesday evening in the European championships 100m final to finish in 6th place.

He broke both his personal best and the Irish record previously held by Paul Hession in the 100m final.

Olatunde, overjoyed, dropped to his knees with the Irish flag draped around his shoulders when he discovered he has broken the record set by Paul Hession in 2007 by .02 seconds.

Italian gold medal winner Marcell Jacob won the final with a 9.95 time while British athlete’s Zharnel Hughe and Jeremiah Azu finished second and third.

Olatunde, a computer science student at UCD, was born in Ireland to Nigerian-born parents.

Speaking after his record-breaking run, Olatunde said: “It’s amazing – to produce my best in a European final and become the fastest Irishman in history, I’m so grateful.”