Friday 15 December 2017

Ciara Mageean smashes Irish record to secure third-place finish in Germany

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean

Cathal Dennehy

Ciara Mageean smashed the Irish indoor 1500m record tonight in Karlsruhe, Germany, running 4:08.66 when finishing third in a high quality field.

The 23-year-old’s mark broke Sinead Delahunty’s 16-year-old Irish record of 4:11.06, which was run in New York. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye in 4:08.22, with Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen second in 4:08.38.

Mageean ran in the middle of the pack for much of the race as the leaders passed through 800m in a steady 2:13.39, but the Portaferry athlete moved towards the front with two laps to run, though couldn’t find the turn of pace to match the Ethiopian winner on the final run to the line.

Mageean’s time was an indoor personal best by nine seconds and also easily qualified her for next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships, which take place in Portland, Oregon from March 17-20. The UCD student – who is coached by former Olympian Jerry Kiernan – already has the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games over 1500m, courtesy of a 4:06.49 run in Rieti last year.

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