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Ciara Mageean sets new indoor record on way to 1500m win

The Co. Down woman smashed her previous best by almost two seconds.

CIARA MAGEEAN SMASHED her own national indoor record over 1500 metres yesterday as she surged to a Grand Prix win in Athlone.

Ciara Mageean celebrates breaking the Irish Indoor record Mageean celebrates her new PB and another national record. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Down woman produced a powerful finish to kick and overtake Romania’s Claudia Bobocea on the final lap, crossing the line with the track clock reading 4:06.78. The official time rounded her mark down slightly to 4:06.76.

That time eclipses Mageean’s own previous personal best over 1500m indoors, the 4:08.66 recorded in Karlsruhe in 2016.

Bobocea’s second-place time of 4:07.05 was also a personal best, while Mageean’s training partner Anna Silvander took bronze in 4:13.80.

It’s the second time in less than three weeks that Mageean has broken a national record after she broke her previous PB for the indoor mile with a 4:28.31 run in Boston.

The 26-year-old will be back on the track again this weekend for the National Indoor Championships, with the European Indoors coming up in Glasgow next month.

Ciara Mageean Mageean approaches the line ahead of Claudia Babocea in Athlone yesterday. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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