Wednesday 24 May 2017

Ireland's leading medal hope Mageean qualifies for 1500m European Indoor final

3 March 2017; Ciara Mageean of Ireland on her way to finishing fourth in her Women's 1500m Heat during the European Indoor Athletics Championships - Day One at Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
3 March 2017; Ciara Mageean of Ireland on her way to finishing fourth in her Women's 1500m Heat during the European Indoor Athletics Championships - Day One at Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean has qualified for the 1500m women’s final at the European Indoor championships in Belgrade.

Mageean, who is the country’s leading hope for a medal at the event, finished fourth in the second heat but she went through as the second fastest loser.

The top two in each of the three heats qualified automatically for tomorrow’s final. The other three places were reserved for the three fastest losers and her time of 4:12.81 was sufficient to secure her a coveted spot in the final.

There was no joy, however, for Ireland’s other competitor in the race. Kerry O’Flaherty finished last in the third heat in 4:23.82 and was eliminated.

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