Dramatic European Championship sees Mageean claim bronze

Dramatic European Championship sees Mageean claim bronze
11 July 2016; Ciara Mageean of Ireland with the bronze medal she won in the Women’s 1500m Final at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Team Ireland’s return from European Athletics Championships 2016 at Dublin Airport in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Only ninth Irish athlete to win European medal

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean claimed the country’s 14th all-time European Athletics Championships medal in the 1500m in Amsterdam last weekend.

The extraordinary feat means the 24-year-old is only Ireland’s ninth ever Europeans medallist, after she came third in a dramatic final 400m.

The UCD student pushed her way from eighth to fourth in the space of 100m, and after a final burst came very close to securing silver with her gutsy climax. Angelika Cichocka of Poland took the gold in 4:33.00, with Hassan’s 4:33.76 recording a time of 4:33.78.

“I’m slightly disappointed I didn’t get silver,” Mageean said afterwards. “It was a very very slow race at the start. I was told the splits, but I didn’t look at the clock.

“I’m out there to run for medals, not for times.

“Obviously the tempo upped, and everybody started running fast. It got a little messy, getting boxed in.

“I’m a little disappointed with the bronze medal but I’m taking that as a big positive for me – my first Championship back for years and I’m disappointed with a bronze.”

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