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Mageean second in Sudtirol final

Ciara Mageean
Mageean competes in the European Youth Olympics later this month

Ciara Mageean chopped more than two seconds off her personal best time in finishing second in the 800m final at the World Youth Championships.

The Portaferry girl clocked a time of 2:03.07 to come in behind Kenyan runner Cherono Koech, who recorded 2:01.67 in Sudtirol in Italy on Sunday.

Mageean improved on her own Irish junior national record.

The 17-year-old becomes the first NI athlete to win a medal at an IAAF outdoor world championships.

Paul McKee won an indoor world bronze in the 400m at the 2003 championships in Birmingham.

Mageean returns home on Monday but will be heading to Finland for the European Youth Olympics on Friday, where she will run the 1500m.

The local teenager, ranked fourth in the world, won her semi-final and set the fastest time of the final qualifiers in Italy.



see also
Mageean sets huge PB in Germany
13 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Mageean sets Irish junior record
30 May 09 |  Athletics
Mageean in Ulster Schools double
17 May 09 |  Athletics
Mageean wins Home Countries race
28 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Mageean gears up for track season
10 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu beaten in Irish Indoors
08 Feb 09 |  Athletics
Mageean takes 17th in Europeans
14 Dec 08 |  Athletics
NI claim six more medals in Pune
15 Oct 08 |  Northern Ireland
Mageean is 10th in World Juniors
13 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Mageean ready for World Juniors
07 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Mageean and McIlroy claim titles
27 Jan 08 |  Athletics


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