Ireland’s Ciara Mageean has made history on Thursday after qualifying for the final of the women’s 1500m race at the World Championships in Doha.
The top five athletes in each semi-final were guaranteed passage to the showpiece final which takes place on Saturday. Mageean finished 5th in her semi-final earning her an automatic spot. The Portaferry runner ran a time of 4:15:49, the athlete that finished first in her race was Sifan Hassan from Holland who recorded a time of 4:14:69.
The race started off at a slow pace but it gradually quicken up. It was a tactical race but Mageean put herself in a good position to qualify on the final lap. Hassan, who won the 10,000m race earlier in the championship was followed home by USA athlete Shelby Houston, Morrocan Rababe Arafi, Kenyan Faith Kipyegon and then of course Ciara.
She made history by becoming the first Irish athlete to qualify for the final since the great Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997. O’Sullivan finished 8th in the final in Athens back then.
We wish Ciara all the very best on Saturday and we hope she can bring home a medal for herself and Ireland. No matter what happens getting to the final is a massive achievement in itself.