Monday, February 08, 2016
Ciara Mageean sets new Irish 1500m record in Germany
Ciara who is aged just 23 years old finished third in the race in a time of 4m 08.66 seconds, over two seconds ahead of the previous 16 year old record of 4m 11.06s which was set by Sinéad Evans in New York in Jan 2000.
After showing some great promise a few years back, she has been plagued in recent years by injuries. Coached by former Olympic marathon runner Jerry Kiernan, she is now back to showing her true form with her new PB an improvement by a massive 9 seconds! Her time now qualifies her for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Oregon in March and already has a qualifying time for the Olympics in Rio.
1500 m Indoors...Times for the Top 10 Irish Women
1 4:08.66 NR Ciara Mageean Karlsruhe 6 Feb 2016
2 4:11.06 NR Sinéad Evans New York NY 8 Jan 2000
3 4:11.27 Sonia O'Sullivan Lisboa 10 Mar 2001
4 4:11.31 Roísín McGettigan Reebok Boston MA 7 Feb 2009
5 4:12.50 Geraldine Hendricken Belfast 16 Feb 2003
6 4:12.72 Rose-Anne Galligan Valencia 27 Feb 2010
7 4:13.16 Claire Tarplee Stockholm 21 Feb 2013
8 4:13.96 Fionnuala McCormack Athlone 17 Feb 2013
9 4:14.2 Mary Purcell Sindelfingen 2 Mar 1980
10 4:14.63 Kelly Neely Belfast 7 Feb 2010
The video clip below shows Ciara in the 1500m race in Karlruhe.....she is on the inside in the red shorts...
As you can see, she gets a bit boxed in the final stages but comes through strongly in the end to take third.