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Dublin: 5 °C Friday 14 December, 2018

Two of Ireland's Olympic hopefuls had their final prep runs before Rio tonight

Ciara Mageean ran an 800m PB while Mark English recorded his best time of the season.

Mageean: European bronze medallist will compete over 1500m in Rio (file photo).
Mageean: European bronze medallist will compete over 1500m in Rio (file photo).

IRELAND’S CIARA MAGEEAN signed off in style as she set a new personal best over 800m in her final prep race before the Olympics.

Mageean ran a time of 2:00.79 at the Morton Games in Santry, finishing second behind Britain’s Alex Bell (2:00.53).

After winning 1500m bronze at the European Championships earlier this month, the Portaferry runner had her sights set on the national record over the shorter distance.

But she fell just short of the 2:00.55 mark set by Rose-Anne Galligan in 2013.

Meanwhile, Mark English showed that he is coming back into form ahead of Rio as he produced a season’s best at the Anniversary Games in London.

English was eighth in the 800m, won by Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, but his time of 1:45.53 was comfortably his fastest of the year — almost two full seconds better than his previous best.

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