Rio Olympics: I'm disappointed but I'll be back, vows Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean has promised to return stronger following disappointment in the 1500m in Rio.
While the stadium rocked to the sight of Usain Bolt sprinting to his seventh Olympic gold and third consecutive 100m title on Sunday night, Portaferry athlete Mageean was down in the dumps.
Before the Bolt show, Mageean had taken to the track in the 1500m semi-finals, looking to become the first Irish woman to qualify for the Olympic final of the middle distance showpiece.
But while coming through the heats strongly, her Rio adventure came to an end after placing 11th out of 12 in a time of 4:08.07 minutes.
The frustrating thing for Mageean was that she was very much in the hunt with 200m to go before the world's best demonstrated their superior kick to come through to the line.
"All I can say is I'm really disappointed," she said.
"I'm just really sorry that I didn't give them an Irish finalist.
"I just wanted to be up and to put myself in contention which I did, I just didn't have it at the end.
"I just didn't have what I needed and wanted in that last 200m but that will come in the future," she added.
"I felt great after my heat, I've no excuses for that performance out there.
"All I can say is I'm very disappointed and very sorry for not doing what I wanted to do, what my coach wanted me to do and what everyone in Ireland wanted me to do."
World silver medallist Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon won the race in a time of 4:03.95 with the reigning world champion and current world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia running the fastest time of the day in the second semi-final.
For Mageean meanwhile it is back to the drawing board, with the 24-year-old keen to learn lessons after missing out.
"I think my prep for this summer was perfect. I suppose this is just the beginning for me," she added.
"A lot of those girls out there have had three or four seasons of good running with very few setbacks.
"This was my first year of not getting an injury and my first year of being able to train the whole way through.
"Despite walking away from this track very disappointed, I'm going to walk away from this season and learn a lot from it," she added.
"I promise everyone at home I'll be back stronger, faster and better next year.
"Diamond Leagues are very hard to get into.
"But hopefully after this season I can post a few faster times and I can show the world that I deserve to be in the Diamond Leagues and deserve to rub shoulders with the best in the world."
The 1,500m final takes place in the early hours of tomorrow morning.