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Mageean scrapes into 1500m final at European Indoors while Gregan bows out

It’s been a disappointing day for a number of Irish athletes.

Ciara Mageean in action in Belgrade.
Ciara Mageean in action in Belgrade.
Image: Sasa Pahic Szabo/INPHO

Updated at 21.00

IRELAND’S CIARA MAGEEAN has scraped into the final of the women’s 1500m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade by the skin of her teeth.

The Portaferry native finished fourth in her heat, with the top two from each of the three heats earning an automatic spot in the final, along with three fastest losers.

A bronze medallist at last year’s event in Amsterdam, Mageean claimed the third and final fastest loser spot after posting a time of 4.12.81.

Kerry O’Flaherty wasn’t so fortunate however, her sixth-place finish in 4.23.82 ending her hopes of final appearance.

John Travers’ time of 3.59.72 secured him a seventh-place finish in the second heat of the men’s 1500m but he later advanced to the final after an appeal. There was confusion during the first lap due to an apparent false start.

Meanwhile, Brian Gregan’s 400m campaign has ended at the semi-final stage, his sixth-place finish in 48.09 not matching his earlier form in the heats when he clocked 47.62.

Tomás Cotter also failed to make it through the heats this evening, after the Dundalk man was disqualified in his 3000m heat.

Sinead Denny narrowly missed out on a fastest qualifier spot in the women’s 400m, her effort of 54.20 being only good enough for fourth place in her heat. Phil Healy finished third in her heat with 54.80 which was also shy of the qualifying mark.

Ben Reynolds has bowed out of the 60m hurdles at the semi-final stage this evening, his time of 7.81 only being good enough for sixth position.

Zak Curran bore the face of another disappointed athlete in Belgrade, his fifth-place finish in the men’s 800m heats ending his interest in Serbia.

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