Ciara Mageean’s bid to reach the Olympic 1,500 metre final ended in disappointment after she finished in 11th place in her semi-final in Rio.
The Irish athlete knocked off three seconds off her time in the previous round, but 4:08.07 was only good enough for 11thplace in a race won by Kenyan athlete Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon. The Portaferry athlete began the race at the front of the field, positioning herself in second place in the opening lap before settling back into the pack behind her.
Mageean appeared to be in a great position and was staying out of trouble in the close knit bunch. As the 12 athletes heard the bell on the final lap she was in a favourable position to qualify for a position in the final. The top 5 qualified for the final.
However, as the final 200 metre were approaching, the 24 year old struggled with the pace of the race and drifted back into 11th place where she eventually finished. Mageean’s coach, Jerry Kiernan told RTE Sport ‘She didn’t run particularly well, but she gave it everything’.
Kiernan went on to say “I thought two days ago looking so comfortable in the heats that she would [progress to the final], but clearly she is still tired from the heats.”