No excuses for Mageean as she vows to return stronger
Ciara Mageean apologised to the nation and vowed to return a better athlete after exiting at the semi-final stage of the women's 1500m on Sunday night.
The 24-year-old had been expected to contend for a place in tonight's final, but faded out of contention on the final lap and finished 11th in 4:08.07.
"I'm very sorry for not doing what I wanted to do, what my coach wanted me to do and what everybody in Ireland wanted me to do," she said. "I'm really disappointed."
Mageean overcame a litany of injuries in recent years and returned to form this summer to win a bronze medal at the European Championships, which could easily have been silver.
She had looked capable of booking a spot in the Olympic final after finishing second in her heat on Friday, but found her legs betraying her in the home straight during on Sunday night.
"I've no excuses for that performance," she said. "I felt great after my heat. It's hard when you're an up-and-coming athlete who's come back from years of injury, but hopefully after this season I can post a lot more fast times and show the world that Ciara Mageean deserves to be racing the best in the world.
"A lot of girls I'm racing have had years at this level, but this is my first year where I've been able to train without getting injured, so this is ground zero. Despite walking off the track very, very disappointed, I promise I'll be back stronger, faster and better next year."