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Mageean on the mark to win Irish Indoor 3,000m title

 

Euro boost: Ciara Mageean
Euro boost: Ciara Mageean

By Brian Hill

European 1,500 metres fourth placer Ciara Mageean proved her versatility at the weekend Irish Life Indoor Senior Championships in Dublin with a convincing win over 3,000 metres.

Her time of 9 minutes 2.57 seconds is yet another qualification mark for the European Championships in Glasgow in two weeks time.

The 26 year old was already on a roll following her Irish record time over 1,500m only three days previously. This time Dunboyne's Sarah Treacy helped the Portaferry woman to maintain a healthy pace designed to reach the Euro standard. Ciara still had to run the final few laps in isolation to secure yet another National title some 10 years after her first gold as a 16 year old.

Silver went to Leevale's Michelle Finn in 9.14.13. While Ciara rarely competes over 3,000m her run will give her further confidence going to Glasgow to face Laura Muir who broke the British mile record at the weekend in Birmingham .

Castlederg's world Junior high jump silver medallist Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley got back to winning ways with a season's best performance of 1.86m followed by three good efforts at 1.89m.

There was a major upset in the Men's 60m when Commonwealth Games medallist Leon Reid could only manage fourth in 6.89 seconds behind winner Joseph Ojewumi of Tallagh (6.78 secs) and Ballymena's Dean Adams who took bronze in 6.88.

Leon made some amends later with a successful defence of his 200m title on 21.42 seconds ahead of Raheny's Mark Smyth (21.64 secs).

Euro qualifier Lauren Roy of Lisburn AC was a disappointing fifth in a high quality 60m in 7.49 seconds. Ireland's Molly Scott took the honours in an impressive 7.32 seconds.

There were silver medals for Ballymena's Lydia Mills in the long jump (5.68m) and defending champion Andrew Mellon of Crusaders in the 400m (48.02 secs). Finn Valley's Lauren Callaghan took bronze in the triple jump with 11.50m while Kelly Neely of Lisburn was fourth in the 1,500m in 4.29.03. Euro medallist Mark English won a tactical race over 800m in 1.51.77 while Annadale's Conall Kirk was sixth in 1.56.11.

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