Ciara Mageean and Mark English make it double bronze for Ireland

Pair took home medals from the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They’ve likened it to the killing zone, the last strides of championship running causing such a state of oxygen deprivation it can feel like a case of the bends. Only when Mark English and Ciara Mageean resurfaced for air they’d won both themselves European Indoor medals.

In doing so they made it a sort of double Scotch bronze for Ireland, in both cases also a sort of redemption run. Mageean won bronze over 1,500 metres after a properly frantic finish, only passed for silver in the closing strides when the super-fast finishing Sofia Ennaoui from Poland came back her to snatch second.

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