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Second-fastest time of her career for Ciara Mageean in very quick Diamond League race in Rome

Last year’s European bronze medalist finished in 10th place.

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CIARA MAGEEAN IMPRESSED at Thursday’s Diamond League meet in Rome, clocking her second-fastest 1500m time ever to finish in 10th place.

It was a quick race with Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands conjuring the quickest time of the year – 3:56.22 – to take first and also the meet record.

Mageean, last year’s European bronze medalist, put up a 4:04.49 and ran clear of a number of rivals during the final lap.

She now qualifies for the World Championships in London in August.

It was a very competitive field with the 2016 European champion Angelika Cichocka’s personal best of 4.01.84 still only good enough for sixth place.

Four Europeans finished in the top-six, with Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen in contention for a long time only to be pipped to second by Kenya’s Winny Chebet.

Sweden’s Meraf Bahta and Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia in fourth and fifth respectively.

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