Mageean sets new Irish mark at Athlone International Grand Prix

Irish athlete clocks up a personal best, an Irish record and a stadium record

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean  celebrates her  new 1,500m indoor Irish record of 4:06.78   at the Athlone International Grand Prix. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates her new 1,500m indoor Irish record of 4:06.78 at the Athlone International Grand Prix. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Delighting the home crowd and herself, Ciara Mageean produced a stunning victory over 1,500m at the Athlone International Grand Prix, scoring an indoor hat-trick of sorts: a personal best, an Irish record and a stadium record.

Every stride oozing confidence, Mageean bided her time before she blew past Claudia Bobocea from Romania down the back stretch, still in total control when winning in 4:06.76, improving her previous best and her own Irish record of 4:08.55 set three years ago. Less than three weeks before the European Indoors in Glasgow, it was a big statement.

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