Ciara Mageean will take to the track this evening in Berlin for the final of the 1500m event and will be hoping to win Ireland’s second medal at the championships after Thomas Barr’s heroic bronze on Thursday evening.
Mageean ran the ideal race in the semi-final earlier this week, finishing second behind Great Britain’s Laura Muir who is the favourite for the gold medal.
The UCD AC athlete finished in a time of 4:09.35, right on the heels of Muir who came home in a time of 4:09.12. Mageean looks to be peaking at just the right time while she herself feels more confident and content in her form with the changes she has made this year. Indeed she looks every bit the athlete who brought home the bronze medal in this event at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam and she will be hoping for the same success today.
Her final race will take place at 7pm Irish time.
Already this morning we have seen the men and women’s marathon competitors in action. The women’s team, consisting of Lizzie Lee, Breege Connolly and Gladys Ganiel, finished eighth overall in an overall time of 8:04:46.
The men’s event has just finished with the Irish contingent comprising of Mick Clohisey, Kevin Seaward, Sean Hehir, Sergiu Ciobanu and Paul Pollock, finishing strongly to place fourth in a time of 6:53:55, only over a minute behind the Polish team in third.
Also this evening are the heats and finals of the women’s 4x100m relay race. Ireland have a strong team competition in this event with Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock-Louth), Ciara Neville (Emerald AC), Joan Healy (Bandon AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) and Molly Scott (SLOT AC) all part of the panel. The heats are taking place at 6.20pm with the final at 8.20pm, should they progress.