World 1,500 metres finalist Ciara Mageean endured a torrid time in yesterday's Stockholm Grand Prix Diamond League meeting where she struggled in a quality race and finished 12th in what was, for her, a disappointing time of 4 mins 10.99 secs.
This result came as a shock since the 28 year old Portaferry woman had been in the form of her life with two recent Irish records over 800 and 1,000 metres. Firm favourite Laura Muir (GB) Muir destroyed the opposition in the final lap to cross the line in a World leading time of 3 mins 57.87 secs.
South Belfast's Stephen Scullion will compete in this year's much delayed London Marathon which will now be restricted to 53 elite athletes on a closed course on October 4. Irish rival Mick Clohisey is also entered.
Scullion's Houston Marathon time of 2 hrs 11 mins 51 secs. is 21 secs short of the Olympic qualification guideline of 2.11.30 which has been achieved by Scullion's NI compatriots Kevin Seaward and Noel Pollock.
Scullion will not qualify for Tokyo next summer if another Irish athlete such as Clohisey achieves the qualification time and takes the critical third Irish place. World marathon competitor Scullion will therefore be aiming for the all important guideline time in London to ensure Tokyo selection.
In the Irish Life Senior Track and Field Championships in Dublin, hammer thrower Brendan O'Donnell of Lifford Strabane overcame blustery conditions to record an impressive surprise victory of 64.62 metres, a PB by some four metres.
Castlederg's Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley AC took high jump gold with 1.79m. In the long jump, Belfast's Adam McMullen took silver with 7.31 metres. The event was won by Shane Howard of Bandon with 7.44 metres with Lisburn's Ben Fisher taking bronze and the U23 title with 7.24 metres.
In the latest well supported Maze road races at Down Royal, Lisburn's Cris Madden was a clear winner in the 10k with a fast 30 mins 17 secs which was a PB by 12 secs.
Former Commonwealth Games athlete Gladys Ganiel won the Ladies event in 36 mins 7 secs. Victory in the 5K races went to Mourne's Andrew Annett (15.03) and North Down's Jessica Craig (16.03) .
There were wins in the half marathon for North Belfast's David Hamilton (73.06) and Ballycastle's Gemma McDonald (79.38) .