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Ciara Mageean hitting form ahead of Rio as appeal against Pollock rejected

Rio Olympics-bound middle distance runner Ciara Mageean put in her best display of the season at the meeting in Oordegem, Belgium at the weekend.

The 24-year-old Portaferry ace timed her race to perfection with a narrow victory in the top 1,500m event, where she crossed in a time of four minutes, 8.05 seconds — her fastest this year. It is her fifth quickest time overall, behind her NI record of 4.06.47.

Mageean defeated Swedish international Sarah Lahti (4.08.91) and GB’s Melissa Courtney. In the same meeting, Letterkenny steeplechaser Sara Treacy, who is set for Rio along with Newcastle’s Kerry O’Flaherty, ran another Olympic time of 9.44.56.

Meanwhile, the Independent Appeals Committee has rejected Clonliffe ace Sergeiu Ciobanu’s appeal against Paul Pollock’s selection for Rio. Holywood’s Pollock was given the nod for the Marathon despite having a slower time than Ciobanu. The Committee found that “there was no procedural defect in the decision”.

Pollock must now prove his fitness in July’s European Half Marathon in Amsterdam.

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