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04th Oct 2019

Ciara Mageean secures place in World Athletic Championships final

An incredible achievement.

Ciara Mageean has secured herself a place in the final of the 1500 metres at the World Athletics Championships.

The Co. Down sportswoman came fifth place in yesterday’s semi-final in Doha, ensuring an automatic qualification to the upcoming final.

She finished with an impressive time of four minutes 15.49, making her the first Irish woman to qualify for the World Championship final since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997.

Mageean told RTÉ Sport that she is “ecstatic” to have won a place in the final.

“I’m over the moon,” she said.

“It’s my first world final. I have worked a long time to get to this stage and I may seem ecstatic – I still have another race to go – but I ran that saying ‘that’s going to be my final’.

“To have an Irish vest in a World Championship final – we don’t often have it – and I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Athletics Ireland have offered their congratulations to Mageean as the second ever Irish woman to make the 1500m final.

“I’m going to battle to the line, every bloody position,” she told them. “I’m going to give it everything.”

The World Athletics Championship final is due to take place on Saturday, October 5 at 6.55pm Irish time.

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