Sunday 20 January 2019

Mageean warms up for Worlds in style

Mageean passed 1500m in 4:03.57, the second quickest time of her career. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire
Mageean passed 1500m in 4:03.57, the second quickest time of her career. Photo credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Cathal Dennehy

Ciara Mageean had a fine World Championship warm-up race in the Olympic Stadium, finishing seventh in the mile at the London Diamond League in 4:22.40, a lifetime best by eight seconds.

The time moved her to second on the Irish all-time list, behind Sonia O'Sullivan's 4:17.25. Mageean passed 1500m in 4:03.57, the second quickest time of her career. The race was won by Kenya's Hellen Obiri in a national record of 4:16.56.

There was disappointment for Mark English, who trailed in 11th and last in the men's 800m in 1:47.04.

Elsewhere, Paul Byrne of St Abban's had a breakthrough over 400m hurdles, clocking 50.03 in Brussels to secure the qualifying standard for the World University Games.

At the Irish Life Health national juvenile championships, a slew of records fell in Tullamore. Daniel Ryan of Moycarkey Coolcroo ran a championship best of 14.48 in the U-19 110m hurdles then won the shot put with a best of 14.47m.

Aimee Hayde of Newport blew past Ailbhe Doherty of Ennis to take victory in the U-15 girls' 800m in a championship best of 2:15.63, while Laura Nicholson was equally impressive in the U-18 2,000m steeplechase, clocking 6:58.38 to take 22 seconds off the previous record.

On the roads, Mick Clohisey beat Sean Hehir to win the Roscommon 10-mile in 48:47. Both will compete in the marathon at the World Championships.

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