Ciara Mageean qualified for 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in London with a time of 4:04.49 at last night’s Golden Gala Diamond League meeting in Rome.
Qualifying mark for the World Championships is 4:07.50; Mageean’s time was also inside the Commonwealth Games standard of 4:08.20.
Mageean finished tenth in the race which was won by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in 3:56.22. Next up for her are Saturday’s Northern Ireland Championships, where hurdlers Ben Reynolds and Christine McMahon will also compete, as will long jumper Adam McMullen.
In the USA, there was disappointment for Siofra Cleirigh Buttner who finished fifth in her 800m heat and so didn’t qualify for Saturday’s final at the NCAA Championships . Buttner’s time of 2:7.14 was well off her PB 2:01.11 run last month in Lexington. She ran in the second of three heats which proved the slowest of the three, won by Raevyn Rogers of Oregon in 2:05.63, followed by Rianna Goins of UC David in 2:06.76 with only the top two to go forward.
Rogers, who has a college best time of 1:59.10, had led at the bell in 1:05.27, with Buttner part of the chasing bunch of four. All three fastest losers came from the third heat won by Brooke Feldmeier in 2:02.43 – the fastest time of the night.
On Wednesday, Dempsey McGuigan of Ole Miss had finished 10th in the men’s hammer with a throw of 69.14 – not far off the personal best 70.55m McGuigan threw in April.
CATCH-UP:Cara Kennedy of Ferrybank threw 56.06m as a guest at the Leinster Championships last Sunday; Molly Scott of St LOT won the 100m hurdles in 14.37 secs. Ferbane’s Laura Dolan threw a record 8.15m in the weight for distance.
Big winner of the day was Clonliffe veteran Snezana Bectina, who won the W35 100m, 200m and 400m, all in record times. A double winner was Jane Bandila of Dunboyne who made a comeback at Meet and Train races over the winter; she won both W35 1500m and 3000m. As a youngster, Jane (then Cahill), a member of DSD, was a mountain running international. Dave Donegan, who is a recent arrival in the masters’ ranks, won the M35 pole vault with 4.40m.
Wednesday Jun 7
Phoenix Park Duathlon (www.myrunresults.com)
Men: 1 Peter Kern (M40) 37.53, 2 Patrick Peters 38.02,3 Michael McGloin (M40) 38.11. Women: 1 Kim Hickey 41.43, 2 Ciara Wilson 42.46, 3 Olivia Ni Shuilleabhain (W40) 43.45.,