Mageean takes Silver in Tallinn 1500m final

Ciara Mageean from the City of Lisburn club takes home a silver medal after Sunday’s final of the 1500m at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn.

Mageean had bravely led the field until the last 40 metres of event, when she began to understandably tire and was passed by eventual winner, Serbia’s Amela Terzic who thus completed a golden weekend since she had also won the 3000m a day earlier.

Though she later professed to be disappointed at the end result, Mageean will have learnt a lot ,in defeat from this race.

She commented later:- ““I can’t say that I’m truly satisfied with my performance, since I went out to win the gold medal, but I didn’t achieve my goal. The seasonal best does not matter much because the gold was my goal here. The track was good and the crowd supportive”.

Mageean’s fantastic silver medal though is the fourth for young Irish athletes in major championships during the current athletics season; going back to U23 Team Gold in December at the European cross-country, and then followed much more recently Brian Gregan’s brilliant silver over 400m in the European U23 championships, and Kate Veale’s magnificent gold in the 5000m Walk in the World Youths Championships.

Ferrybank AC’s Thomas Barr broke the Irish National Junior Record three times this week and had improved his PB by over a second and a half over the course of these championships. In Sunday’s final of the 400m Hurdles Barr came a creditable sixth in another excellent time of 51.02 seconds.

Though still a Junior, Barr’s time of 50.74 (in the semi-final) ranks as equal second fastest time by an Irish man over 400m H in history. Barr is without doubt a name that we will be hearing much more of in the future.

The final was won by the pre-race favourite Varg Konigsmark of Germany, in a Championship record time , of 49.70 (the only athlete to break 50 seconds). The strength of the opposition Barr faced can be gauged by the fact that the first five home all achieved personal bests.

Overall there were some excellent performances by Irish athletes at these 21st European Junior Championships.

Two athletes set PB’s (Barr & Mills), another a SB (Mageean), and from the team of 14 athletes, eight finished in the top 15 in their event, so a good team performance too.

The Irish Results on Sunday were:

Men’s 400m Hurdles Final

Rank Athlete Nation Reaction time Result

1 KÖNIGSMARK, Varg GER 0.311 49.70 CR

2 VANHAEREN, Stef BEL 0.144 50.01 PB

3 BENCOSME DE LEON, Jose Reynaldo ITA 0.192 50.30 PB

4 MÄGI, Rasmus EST 0.209 50.63 PB

5 YATO, Stephane FRA 0.161 50.75 PB

6 BARR, Thomas IRL 0.179 51.02

Women’s 1500m Final

Rank Athlete Nation Reaction time Result

1 TERZIC, Amela SRB 4:15.40 SB

2 MAGEEAN, Ciara IRL 4:16.82 SB

3 DOAGA, Ioana ROU 4:20.73


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