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Two new records in as many weeks for Ciara Mageean

By Brian Hill

Portaferry's Ciara Mageean continued her spectacular end of season form with yet another Northern Ireland record over 1,500 metres.

Competing at an international meeting in Roverto, Italy, she produced new figures of 4 minutes 6.54 seconds.

This takes over three quarters of a second off her two-week old record which she set in Solihull.

More importantly, the 23-year-old UCD student's new time is a mere 0.54 seconds short of the qualification mark required for the Rio Olympics next summer.

It seems that she now has an excellent chance of reaching the standard, possibly even this weekend in another race in Italy .

Mageean finished second in a high class race behind winner Fiona Benson of Canada (4.05.62) who was unlucky not to make the 800 metres final in the recent World Championships in Beijing.

Former World Junior silver medallist Mageean has not put a foot wrong this season following a slight injury scare after her early year Northern Ireland indoors record over 3,000 metres in New York.

She broke the mile record in July and after winning the Irish 800metres title took the decision not to compete in the Beijing championships.

Her explanation has been that since she was not 100% fit, she wished to concentrate on Rio. This policy certainly seems to be paying off.

Meanwhile there was more success for Lisburn AC's Ben Fisher when he snatched his second bronze medal of the week in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Fisher had earlier gained bronze in the long jump when he set a personal best of 7.38 metres.. Yesterday he got a further bronze in the 110 metres hurdles in another PB of 14.32 seconds.

Ballymena's Lydia Mills was sixth in the long jump with 5.65 metres.

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