Ciara Mageean misses out on final berth in women’s 1500m

Ciara Mageean misses out on final berth in women’s 1500m

By Will Downing

Ciara Mageean has missed out in the women’s 1500m semi-finals at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

The European Championships bronze-medallist over the same distance in Amsterdam two years ago trailed home in seventh in a fast semi.

The early pace was set by Anita Hinriksdottir of Iceland, forcing the rest of the field along and stringing them out in speedy 32-second laps – however, she burned up in the final half of the race.

Defending world indoor champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands – who took silver ahead of Britain’s Laura Muir last night in what some considered to be a blocking motion leading up to the line - hit the front with three laps to go, and despite being overtaken by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum within a lap, the Dutch athlete forced herself through again to win in 4:05.46– a season’s best.

Winny Chebet of Kenya clocked a lifetime best in second with 4:05.81, with Moroccan Rababe Arafi and the USA’s Shelby Houlihan also making it through from this semi-final.

Mageean found herself falling off the back with two laps to go, and despite overtaking the spent Hinriksdottir, the Irish athlete couldn’t drag herself up any higher.

4:11.81 was Mageean’s time in seventh.

Phil Healy goes next for Ireland in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m at 8:40pm, after qualifying from the heats as fastest loser overall.

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