That was only behind Ireland’s time of 3:24.38 at the world relays in the Bahamas last month, where Rhasidat Adeleke was in the line-up. The Dubliner was rested for the relay heats following Monday night’s silver in the 400m, but is expected to be selected for the final, making Ireland huge contenders in Wednesday night’s showdown, where the Netherlands will probably be their biggest rivals.

Mawdsley was also not expected to make the heats, having also competed in the 400m final last night, but he came to the stadium as a substitute and was brought on after Kelly McGrory withdrew during the warm-up due to a wound. “I’ve never been in a position where I was a substitute and had to step in at the last minute, but that’s what substitutes are for,” she said. “I had to step up my efforts today and I told the girls competing, ‘If we could finish in the top three, that would be great.’ I wanted to keep something and I felt really comfortable.

They were led by Sophie Becker, who clocked 51.64 and gave way to Phil Healy, who kept the Irish in the lead after clocking 51.29, the fastest leg of his career . Lauren Cadden kept them in the mix with a solid 52.12 in the third leg before passing the baton to Mawdsley, who ran a patient race, biding her time and following the inside line behind the leaders before passing them in the final straight, splitting a flamboyant. 49.76.

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Mawdsley had underperformed in Monday night’s 400m final, finishing eighth in 51.59, so this was an ideal way to put that behind her. “It was way below average for me. I completely gave up, I lost my mind,” she said of the 400m final. “It was definitely unprofessional, but I came back and rectified myself today .”

She attributed her performance to the “lack of experience of runners” in recent months, adding: “Every time I’ve run fast, I’ve run it by myself, so participating in races, the girls who come to Paris will be the best. most important thing.”

The Newport sprinter said she only slept four hours and was shocked by her blistering time, which was the fastest of the two runs. “If someone had told me it was a 52, I would have said, ‘OK. I just need to stop focusing on my individual (races) and just run free.

Becker said the race looked “so promising” ahead of Wednesday’s finale, adding: “When we saw 3:24 on the board, we were all like, ‘What’s going on?’

Healy was relieved to put behind her a disappointing race in the 200m yesterday. “I had to come out today and use my anger for this and do some work for the girls. It takes four to play together, but 3h24? Everyone was shocked.

Cadden was competing at the European Championships for the first time and was happy with her performance, adding that there was “a lot more to come” from the team.

The Irish men’s 4x400m relay team, from left, Chris O’Donnell, Callum Baird, Sean Doggett and Jack Raftery during day five of the 2024 European Athletics Championships at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy . Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Elsewhere, the Irish men’s 4x400m team of Jack Raftery, Chris O’Donnell, Seán Doggett and Callum Baird finished fifth in their heat in 3:04.41, which was not enough to advance. They were led by Raftery, who put them in the mix after a 46.68-second leg. O’Donnell was next, and after a grueling few days, the Sligo athlete unleashed a superb 45.26-second leg, passing the baton to Doggett, who at 17 became the youngest Irish athlete in history to win a senior international selection. The Galway teenager passed the baton to Baird, who produced an outstanding final leg in 45.14, but it was not enough to see them through, with the Irish finishing 10th overall.

“We had to start somewhere, we’ve been absolutely nowhere over the last few years and this is very early days,” O’Donnell said. “We needed it, and over the next few years we will progress and hopefully reach the level of the other teams and start winning medals.”

Doggett said it was an “incredible” experience to represent Ireland on this stage. “It wasn’t well understood, but I’m really proud. I gave everything and we can go very far with this team.

The Irish men’s 4x100m team of Bori Akinola, Mark Smyth, Colin Doyle and Israel Olatunde finished seventh in their heat with a season’s best time of 39.34, which was not enough to progress .

“Walking into the stadium, seeing the stands and the people was breathtaking,” Akinola said. “Then I just reset and focused on getting the job done and executing it. It was a good experience and I am extremely happy and proud.

Smyth said they were “pleased” with the race, calling the performance “a bit of redemption” after the disappointments of previous championships. Smyth said they had “opened a lot of doors” with the time they clocked, while Olatunde said it was “always great to race with the guys” and that he was also happy with the performance.

There are just two Irish athletes in action at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening, with Anika Thompson and Laura Mooney running the 10,000m, where they will both compete against each other. The two 400m hurdles finals will be the highlights of this evening’s program, with world champions Karsten Warholm of Norway in the men’s event and Dutch star Femke Bol in the women’s event.

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The Irish in action

8:30 p.m.: Anika Thompson, Laura Mooney, women’s 10,000m final