Portaferry athlete ,Ciara Mageean , who is also well known for her prowess on the Camogie fields , took the 1500 metres title at this year’s Irish Universities Championships, in Athlone yesterday .
Conditions underfoot certainly did not help anyone set fast times but in the wet and windy conditions, 20-year-old Mageean coasted to a convincing victory in 4:29.
She is due to attempt a double, when she competes in the 800 metres later today.
Mageean set her personal best of 4:07.45 last year and hopes to achieve the Olympic standard of 4:06.00.
With that in mind, and following some injuries over the Winter, she needs more races so will compete in a 1,000m event in Norway on 22 May and heads for Rabat some four days later where she is due to take part in a ‘fast’ 1500m which her coaches believe will provide a good opportunity for Ciara to reach the Olympic A standard that would qualify her for a place in the Olympics .
BBC Northern Ireland reports that leading athletics agent Nic Bideau, the husband of Irish athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan, has helped secure 2010 world junior silver medallist Mageean a place in the field in Rabat.
That race is aimed at athletes chasing the Olympic standard and a fast pace would clearly benefit Mageean and the rest of the field.
SportsNewsIreland wishes Ciara – and the rest of the Irish athletes – every success in the weeks ahead as they try to ‘follow that dream’ and achieve a place on the Irish team for London.