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Mageean, English and Boylan make it a special day of Irish medal glory

Double delight: Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Athletics Indoor Championships last night
Double delight: Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Athletics Indoor Championships last night

By Brian Hill

Medal success flowed yesterday for Irish athletes at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow and the Track Cycling World Championships in Poland.

Portaferry's Ciara Mageean and Donegal athlete Mark English secured bronze medals on the athletics track, while cyclist Lydia Boylan won a silver medal in the women's points race.

Mageean was pipped to second place as she clocked 4:09.43 in the women's 1500m race won by Great Britain's Laura Muir in 4:05.92. Poland's Sofia Ennaoui claimed the silver medal.

"I am delighted to bring this medal to Portaferry," said Mageean. "My aim was to win a medal here and I've done that.

"I knew I was in good shape and I laid it all out there by running 100%."

Letterkenny man English crossed the line in a time of 1:47.39 to win bronze in the men's 800m. He finished behind winner Alvaro de Arriba of Spain (1:46.83) and Britain's Jamie Webb (1:47.13).

In Poland, Boylan was leading going into the final lap, but Alexandra Manley from Australia finished third to take gold by a point.

It was a best-ever finish by an Irish woman at a Track World Championships after Caroline Ryan's third in 2012. The Dublin-born cyclist has twice represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games.

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