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Northern Ireland athletes impress in indoor events

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean

This weekend's British Indoor Championships featured a number of impressive performances from Northern Ireland athletes.

At the Birmingham event Lisburn AC's Lauren Roy performed well to reach the sprint final.

After running a European 60 metres indoors qualification time a week ago, 18-year-old Roy performed solidly in her heats with times of 7.54 and 7.52 seconds.

In a classy final she recorded 7.48 seconds for 8th place. Gold went to top GB international Asha Philip in 7.19 seconds.

This experience will stand Roy in good stead for the European challenges in Glasgow next month.

Last year's 60 metres hurdles champion Meegan Marrs of Lisburn AC did not defend her title.

Victory this time went to Woodford's Cindy Ofili  in 8.16 seconds with Northern Ireland's Mollie Courtney 7th in 8.41 secsonds.

Northern Ireland pole vault champion Ellen McCarthy was 6th on count back in her event in a personal indoor best of 3.80 metres which was the same height as 4 others . GB's Holly Bradshaw took gold with an impressive 4.80 metres .

Elesewhere, European outdoors 1500 metres 4th place runner Ciara Mageean continued her indoors success with a runner up spot at this weekend's IAAF meeting in Madrid.

Two weeks ago Ciara broke her own Irish Indoor mile time in Boston. In that race she recorded a 1500 metres time of 4 minutes 9.53 seconds. In Madrid she was marginally slower for her second place when she ran 4.10.12.

The race was won by European Outdoor silver medallist Sofia Ennaoui of Poland in 4.08.31. Ethiopia's Lemlen Hailu was 3rd in 4.11.16 .

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