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Mageean can net world joy: O'Sullivan

Top recognition: Ciara Mageean
Top recognition: Ciara Mageean
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ireland's former world champion runner Sonia O'Sullivan believes Ciara Mageean could go on to replicate her own success if she can stay fit.

Mageean was named Athlete of the Year at last night's Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards, where O'Sullivan was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Portaferry runner, who hails out of the City of Lisburn club, had an exceptional year, including a 10th-placed finish in the 1,500m at the World Championships in Doha.

Mageean also walked away with the Track & Field Athlete of the Year prize for her fantastic 2019, and O'Sullivan is confident this is only the beginning for her.

"As long as she stays healthy and fit, that's the hardest thing to do: get to the line in one piece," said O'Sullivan.

"Ciara had a great year and she's edging the bar up for herself every year, doing this gradual progression to get where she wants to be. I'm sure she won't be happy until she gets the big medal on the big stage."

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