Mageean Edges Closer To Irish Record With World Indoor’s Champion

Kickstarting her indoor season with a first place finish, Ciara Mageean clearly means business for 2022.

Clocking 8:47.23 in the 3,000m at the Manchester World Indoor Tour meet, the New Balance athlete achieved a PB by an entire second and inched closer to the Irish record in the process.

Outrunning Albania’s Luiza Gega in a highly competitive final lap, she now lies just three and a half seconds behind the overall national record of 8:43.74 that Mary Cullen has held since 2009.

The result also qualifies the Portaferry woman for the World Indoor Championships that are to take place in Belgrade in March.

Speaking to Athletics Weekly after the race, Mageean reflected that she is little by little closing in on the elusive goal of the Irish record.

“I really wanted an Irish record but didn’t get it today,” she said.

“It’s always hard to tell what kind of shape you’re in during the first race of the season. I train here and [the organisers] have done a fantastic job putting it on.”

Teammate Sarah Healy also took part in the same event and despite being well in the mix eventually stepped off track heading into the last lap.

Elsewhere Limerick’s Sarah Lavin notched a 8:11 and second place in the 60m hurdles, while teammate Kate Doherty passed the line in 8.37.

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