Another silver for Mageean
Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00
CIARA Mageean won her third silver medal in a major championship in three seasons at the European Junior Championships yesterday to continue the great run of form by Ireland's rising underage athletes this summer.
But the Portaferry star (Lisburn AC), who won 1,500m silver at World Juniors last summer and at the 2009 World Youths (at 800m), said she was disappointed after gold eluded her yet again in yesterday's 1,500m final in Tallinn.
She took up the lead right from the gun and when she kicked on the back straight, only Serbia's Amela Terzic (already the 3,000m champion) went with her, but Mageean tied up badly with 30 metres to go and was overtaken by Terzic who won in 4:15.40, with Romania's Ioana Doaga third in 4:20.73.
Ferrybank's Thomas Barr (19) finished sixth in yesterday's blistering 400m hurdles final in 51.02, with all five men ahead of him running personal bests, including a championship record of 49.70 by German winner Mark Konigsmark.
But, having taken nearly two seconds off his previous best with his 50.74 semi-final run -- the second fastest ever by an Irishman -- and broken the old Irish junior record three times during the competition, Barr's future looks extremely bright.
At home, Kate Veale -- who took silver at World Youths recently -- continued her record-breaking heroics at the Woodies DIY Juvenile Championships, where her 12:18.86 in the 3,000m Walk was not only a new Irish junior and U-23 mark, but also smashed Gillian O'Sullivan's national senior record by almost 16 seconds.