Ciara Mageean eases into 1,500m semi-finals at Worlds in Doha
Portaferry's Ciara Mageean has qualified for the 1,500m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha and looks in prime position to make a charge for a medal.
The 27-year-old finished fifth in her heat, the first of the day, with a time of 4:04.18 that comfortably sees her into tomorrow's next stage.
With the top six in each heat qualifying, Mageean knew she did not need to win her race and was able to coast in at the end having done the hard work already.
Having hit the 800m mark in third, the double European medallist was able to just keep the chasing pack at bay and, although she slipped down a couple of places, she was never in doubt of going through.
At points it looked like she was conserving energy, such was the comfort she ran with, and her time sits a long way off her personal best of 4:01.21, meaning she has plenty more to give.
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who won the 10,000m on the opening weekend, finished top in Mageean's heat, running in a time of 4:03.88, followed by 2017 champion Faith Kipyegon (Kenya) and Nikki Hiltz (USA).
Great Britain's Sarah McDonald also qualified in sixth, with Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo rounding out the top six.
In the day's later heats, Britain's Laura Muir qualified for the semi-finals by finishing third in the third heat, however Jemma Reekie was eliminated when she could only manage a 4:12.51 in the second heat.
Belfast Telegraph Digital