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Ciara Mageean: How I went from running in football boots to the Olympic Games and learned to be myself along the way


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Tokyo bound: Ciara Mageean is following in the great Sonia O’Sullivan’s footsteps and breaking her records

Tokyo bound: Ciara Mageean is following in the great Sonia O’Sullivan’s footsteps and breaking her records

Tokyo bound: Ciara Mageean is following in the great Sonia O’Sullivan’s footsteps and breaking her records

Ciara Mageean started off her running career in football boots. Now the Portaferry woman is a world class athlete, winning medals at major championships, breaking Irish records held by the great Sonia O'Sullivan and relishing the prospect of competing at the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

The 28-year-old is also the best craic. Ciara's passionate, fun and honest post-race interviews with RTE's David Gillick, a super athlete himself, have become as compelling and enjoyable as her performances on the track.

Speaking in her role as ambassador for Lidl's Sport For Good initiative, Mageean admits she didn't always show her true self to the public but reveals there is no going back now, which will please her growing multitude of fans.


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