Mary Cullen broke away from the field in the final 400 metres to win gold in the 1500 metres final at the Woodie's DIY Irish Indoor Championships in Belfast.
Cullen, who had raced in Birmingham yesterday, showed no signs of fatigue as she raced away from a fading Ciara Mageean to win in a time of 4:19:25.
The Sligo woman is set to compete in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Paris in two weeks' time.
UCC athlete Orla Drumm ousted Mageean for second place, coming home in 4:23:55. City of Lisburn's Mageean, who has a very bright future ahead of her, was admittedly 'devastated' to fall back to third (4:26:76).
The second day of the Championships at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast produced another day of high quality athletics.
The men’s 800m final promised to be the race of the meet and it did not disappoint. However, it was the manner in which Mark English won the race that raised most eyebrows.
The Letterkenny junior took over the lead from early on and looked to be doing the hard work for his rivals. They had every opportunity to overtake, but at the end of an exciting race it was English who simply demolished the field to win comfortably in a time of 1:51.62.
Behind him, there was a great battle for the minor placings with Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) taking second in 1:52.08, ahead of Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) (1:52.06), and Eoin Everard was just edged out of the medals in fourth in 1:52.34.
In the 1500m, Doheny's Joe Warne took over the lead with just under two laps remaining and went for home. He was tracked strongly by Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) who finished the fastest of all to overtake Warne in the finishing straight and win in 3:52.60.
Daniel Mooney (Letterkenny AC) also finished strongly to claim second in 3:53.22, with Warne third in 3:53.23. Gavin O’Sullivan of Raheny Shamrocks just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in 3:53.28.
Ian McDonald from Crusaders was a clear winner of the 60m hurdles in 8.05, while Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) was a comfortable winner of the shot putt with a throw of 16.14m. Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill AC) was an equally impressive winner of the women’s triple jump with a best of 12.50m.
Mairead Murphy (Ferrybank AC) won the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.46 ahead of Fanni Juhasz (Crusaders AC) in 8.51.
David Qulligan (Leevale AC) took the lead in the long jump with 7.11m in the last round, but then had to watch Mid-Ulster's Adam McMullen regain the lead with a jump of 7.13m with his last attempt to win the competition.
Timothy Crowe (Dooneen AC) won a competitive 200m final in 22.14 with David Killeen (Leevale AC) second in 22.43. The women’s 200m went to Ferrybank flyer Kelly Proper in 24.08 to add to her long jump win yesterday. Steffi Creaner (Celtic DCH AC) was second in 24.93.
Meanwhile, Brian Gregan from Clonliffe Hariers had over two seconds to spare when winning the 400m in 47.01, with Kieran Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) second in 49.07 and Paul Scanlan (Leevale AC) third in 49.71.
Ailis McSweeney (Leevale AC) added the 60m title to last year's 100m success in a time of 7.32, which marks another new personal best for her. Amy Foster (University of Ulster) was second in 7.44 and Claire Brady (Cellbridge AC) was third in 7.63.
Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) thundered home to take the men's 60m title in 6.85, with Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) second in 6.90 and Christopher Russell (Ferrybank AC) third in 6.91.
Marian Heffernan (Togher AC) had over a second to spare when winning the 400m in 54.00, ahead of Claire Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin AC) in 55.06. The final race of the day was won by Dan Mulhare from North Laois, who was well in control all through the 3,000m to win in 8:05.23.
The Irish selectors are meeting tonight to choose the Ireland team for the European Indoor Championships. 400m star David Gillick, who now trains Stateside, will not be competing as he is concentrating on the outdoor season.
Derval O'Rourke and Paul Hession were also high profile absentees from the Belfast meet. 100m hurdler O'Rourke has been nursing a groin injury but still hopes to compete in Paris, while 200m ace Hession, who was due to race in the 400m, is getting over a back complaint.
The Athenry sprinter has indicated that he will miss the European Indoors in favour of making sure he is at his peak for the outdoor season and the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea (August 27-September 4).