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.”