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Power's stunning form continues on successful day for Irish women's middle-distance running

The Dubliner produced another impressive 800m win in Belgium, while Síofra Cléirigh Büttner ran a big 1500m in Boston.

Nadia Power (file pic).
Nadia Power (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 9:50 PM

IRELAND’S NADIA POWER continued her impressive 2021 indoor season form this afternoon, producing another massive performance at the International Flanders Athletics Meet [IFAM] in Gent, Belgium.

Power clocked 2.02.83 to win the 800m, with four other Irishwomen breaking the 2.05 mark over the distance today alone, while her fellow Dubliner Síofra Cléirigh Büttner had one to remember over 1500m in Boston.

In Gent, Germany’s Tanja Spill finished second in 2:03.75, while Italy’s Elena Bello was third with a time of 2:03.91.

Today’s was Power’s second fastest time of her indoor career, and was just shy of her own Irish indoor record set last month, as the flying Dubliner kicked off her season in style in Vienna. Her 2:02.44 finish there, of course, smashed her indoor PB.

And her star has risen and risen since, the 23-year-old running 2:03.84 to finish second in Liévin, France, on Tuesday evening, and 2:02.96 in Met this day last week.

Elsewhere today, Iseult ODonnell ran 2.03.2 in France and Louise Shanahan put in a time of 2.03.5 in England, coming in just ahead of Katie Kirk and Ciara Mageean.

“Has Irish women’s 800m running ever been stronger?” is the question being asked on social media right now, to which Power responded:

“Safe to say we’re keeping each other on our toes! Looking like a full team for women’s 800m at the Euro Indoors (pending selection)

“So exciting.”

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Power will race at the World Indoor Tour (Gold) in Torún, Poland on Wednesday, before focusing on the European Indoors, which take place there from 5-7 March.

And this evening, Cléirigh Büttner finished third in a high-class field at the World Indoor Tour in Boston. The 25-year-old clocked a new lifetime best of 4:09.67, coming in behind top USA duo Heather Maclean and Corey McGee.

Her time comes as the second-fastest ever run indoors by an Irishwoman over 1500m, with just Mageean running faster. 

- Originally published 4.56pm, updated 9.50pm with Síofra Cléirigh Büttner’s result.

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