Belfast Telegraph

Former world junior medallist Ciara Mageean is miles ahead

By Brian Hill

Former world junior 1,500 silver medallist Ciara Mageean continued her comeback in some style at the weekend's Morton Games in Santry Dublin.

Mageean defeated a classy international field to take the mile title in a time of 4 mins 30.64 sec, taking a full eight seconds off her previous personal best.

The 23-year-old always seemed to be in control after following the pace maker for over two laps. She crossed the line to win a close dual with US athlete Heather Wilson who recorded 4.31.14. Newcastle steeplechase specialist Kerry O'Flaherty was ninth in 4.40.95.

Mageean will be pleased with this latest run following her 1,500 metres time of 4.08.32 a few days ago in Belgium, which is her second fastest ever and that gets her ever closer to the qualification mark required for selection to the World Championships in Beijing next month.

The 2011 World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica set an new All Comers Record when winning the short sprint in a world class time of 10.12 secs ahead of Michael Frater (10.27 secs). Blake won the world title in Korea when Usian Bolt was disqualified for a false start.

Britain's Andy Vernon could only finish third in the 3,000 metres in 7.51.13 behind winner Sam McEntee of the US who won in 7.48.35.

Lisburn's Kelly Neely had a useful win in an 800 metres race in 2.09.61 en route to the World Masters next month. The A race was won by Angela Petty in an impressive time of 1.59.89.

Meanwhile in the Anniversary Games in London Beijing-bound Mark English had a superb 800 metres race to finish fourth in a world class field with a time of 1.45.49.

In the race Botswana's Nigel Amos defeated Olympic champion David Rudisha while Ulsterman English passed several athletes in the home straight including multi British champion, Michael Rimmer.

English now appears to be well on the road to recovery following an earlier back injury.

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