Last Sunday, Ciara Mageean brought home a fantastic silver medal in the 1500m race at the Commonwealth Games after running a personal best for the season at a time of 4:04:14. In what was her third Commonwealth Games, Mageean battled her way to the podium for the first time in her career as she claimed silver.
'Third time lucky!' she told BBC NI shortly after the race. The running superstar from Portaferry was beaten by Scotland's Laura Muir who claimed gold with the time of 4:02.75. This was Mageean's first ever Commonwealth title of her career at the third time of asking, having finished fifth in the Gold Coast four years ago.
It represents the third championship medal of her career and adds to the 2016 European Championship bronze and 2019 European Indoor Championships bronze as well as being an Olympic qualifier.
In February 2021, we caught up with Mageean in a hugely insightful and in-depth interview as she shared her journey from joining her primary school cross country team to the Team Ireland Olympiad she is today.
Mageean states 'My PE teacher saw I was mental in PE and thought id like to try running', discussing her role models right from the beginning of her career, making this interview a must watch.
'I was always really sporty' she tells us as she shares memories from her parents taking her to her first Athletics training, running for her school district, her devotion to Camogie, and her movement away from it to become an Athletics All-Star. Watch now on YouTube to hear her story.