Ciara Mageean becomes only second Irishwoman in history to make World Championships 1500m final
Ciara Mageean became the first Irish athlete in eight years to make a middle-distance final at the World Championships, the 27-year-old finishing fifth in her 1500m semi-final in Doha, Qatar last night.
Ciarán Ó Lionáird was the last Irish athlete to accomplish that feat, finishing 10th in the 1500m final at the 2011 World Championships, but last night Mageean added her name to an exclusive list when clocking 4:15.49 in her semi-final.
Mageean ran the race to perfection, nestling on the shoulder of the leader and running at the front of the field in the opening laps as the 12 athletes dawdled through 800m in a pedestrian 2:28.24, after which the gears started to turn for the leaders.
At the bell she was still in second and fighting off the challenge of Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon, and Mageaan maintained second place into the home straight, at which point she was unable to match the pace of race winner Sifan Hassan, who won in 4:15.49.
It makes Mageean just the second Irishwoman in history to make the world 1500m final after Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997. The final takes place tomorrow at 6.55pm Irish time.