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O'Lionaird trumps Farah to take victory in Massachusetts mile

Ireland’s Ciarán O’Lionaird secured his first major victory on American soil on Saturday, winning the New Balance Boston Grand Prix.

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IRELAND’S CIARAN O’LIONAIRD had a memorable night in Massachusetts on Saturday, winning the New Balance Boston Grand Prix in a time of 3:56.01 minutes.

The Leevale AC runner ran a fine tactical race throughout, moving clear in the last 200 metres to beat Taylor Milne of Canada into second place.

British world champion Mo Farah could only finish fourth after he suffered a bad fall early in the race.

The win was O’Lionaird’s first big mile race win on the US indoor circuit.

The 23-year-old O’Lionaird has seen his stock rise significantly since becoming the first Irish athlete since 1995 to qualify for a world 1500m final at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Last month, he told of plans to launch a new online initiative, aimed at securing additional funding from supporters for training and expenses.

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