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Thomas Barr runs championship best time as he storms to an eighth national title in Santry

Ciara Mageean claimed an 800m and 1500m double on day two at the Irish Life Health National Senior Athletics Championships.

THOMAS BARR STORMED to an eighth national title in Santry after he won the 400m hurdles in a championship best time of 49.56 at the Irish Life Health National Senior Athletics Championships.

The Waterford man was the comfortable winner as he came down the final stretch with Paul Byrne and Jason Harvey much further back as he crossed the line.

This performance comes just one week after running a season’s best time at the Diamond League meeting in London to put him in a strong position ahead of the European Championships in August.

Ciara Mageean wins the Women's 800m Final Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Meanwhile, Ciara Mageean completed an 800m and 1500m double with two comprehensive performances.

She won the 800m in 2:07.93 and the 1500m in 4:22.47 to become the first female athlete to achieve this feat since Sonia O’Sullivan’s double in 2000.

Leon Reid celebrates winning the Men's 100m Final Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Leon Reid added the 100m title to the 200m he won yesterday, running a time of 10.42 to claim the gold medal.

Gina Akpe-Moses on her way to winning the Women's 100m Final Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Gina Akpe-Moses came home as the marginal winner in the women’s 100m final in a photo finish which saw her edge out Joan Healy in a time of 11.86.

Michelle Finn during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Michelle Finn needed to run under 9:55 in the 3000m steeplechase in order to have a chance of earning selection for the European championships and she achieved that by winning in a time of 9:46.19.

Mark English wins the Men's 800m Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Mark English won a sixth national 800m title in a time of 1:50.82 while Christopher O’Donnell was victorious in the men’s 400m final. Claire Mooney (UCD) won the women’s 400m in 53.85.

Elizabeth Morland and Michaela Walsh both claimed double gold medals with Morland winning the long jump and the javelin, while Walsh collected gold medals in the hammer and the shot put. Morland also won a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles.

Elsewhere, Adam McMullen won the men’s long jump and Ciara Hickey won the women’s pole vault.

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