Ciara Mageean: Top 10 fastest timings of the athlete in the women’s 800 m

Ciara Mageean is a middle-distance runner from Portaferry in Northern Ireland who specialises in the 1500 metres. She is a three-time European Athletics Championship medallist at the event, with bronze in 2016 and silver in 2022 outdoors, and bronze in 2019 indoors. Mageean won also silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. She earned three silver medals at World and European level in the Under-18 and U20 age groups. Mageean represented Ireland at both the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She holds four Irish records and is a multiple national champion.

Career Arch of Ciara Mageean

Ciara Mageean started her career with silver medals at the 2009 World Youth and 2010 World Junior Championships. She then added another silver from the 2011 European Junior Championships. Ciara’s first senior international competition saw her finish 10th in the 1500 m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She represented Northern Ireland. Mageean competed in the 1500 m event at the 2016 European Athletics Championships, winning the bronze medal. Mageean became the Irish indoor record holder for the 1,500 m and the mile that season. She qualified to represent Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she reached the semi-finals. Mageean was formerly coached by former Irish athlete and friend Jerry Kiernan. She credits Kiernan for her recovery after serious ankle injuries.

In 2017, Mageean moved to Manchester to work with Team New Balance, initially coached by Steve Vernon. She was placed fourth in the 1500 m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin. In 2019, she won the bronze medal in the event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships. At the World Championships held in Doha in October, she finished 10th with a personal best time of 4:00.15. Ciara’s 2020 season started with her becoming the first Irish woman to run sub-two minutes for the 800 m. In August, she set an Irish record in the 1000 m at the Diamond League meet in Monaco, breaking by more than three seconds Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old record and moving into the top 10 on the world all-time list.

Helen Clitheroe coached her in the 2022 season and she had a successful year with the Manchester-based New Balance team. Mageean next focused on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and European Championships Munich 2022 held in August. This strategy was successful as she won a silver medal in the 1500 m at both competitions. In each case, she finished second to her Scottish rival Laura Muir. On 2 September, the 30-year-old earned her first Diamond League victory ahead of Muir. Mageean broke for the first time the 4-minute barrier and Sonia O’Sullivan’s Irish national record by more than two seconds. She achieved a big personal best of 3:56.63 as her previous fastest time was 4:00.15. Six days later, she came second in a tactical race at the Zürich Diamond Race final, finishing only behind two-time Olympic and World champion Faith Kipyegon and beating a world-class field again.

What are the top ten best runs of Ciara Mageean in women’s 800 m?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
British Milers Club Grand Prix (UK)27 MAY 20231:59.272
CITIUS Champs (Switzerland)24 JUL 20201:59.691
Belfast Irish Milers Meet (UK)14 MAY 20221:59.862
Belfast Irish Milers Meet (UK)13 MAY 20232:00.364
Dublin Morton Games (Ireland)22 JUL 20162:00.792
Belfast International EAP Meet (UK)28 MAY 20222:01.341
59th Ostrava Golden Spike (Czechia)08 SEP 20202:01.405
BMC Grand Prix (UK)29 JUN 20192:01.815
Morten Games (Ireland)21 AUG 20192:01.944
Dublin Morton Games (Ireland)19 JUL 20182:02.132

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