Ciara Mageean

European Bronze 1500m Medallist

Going the Distance: 26-year-old Ciara Mageean, hails from Portaferry, County Down is a middle distance International athlete competing in the 800m and 1500m.

European Medal: Ciara won a European medal in 2016, after coming back from a severe ankle injury when she unable to compete or train over a two-year period. In 2018 she just missed a place in the podium when placing fourth at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Health and Well-Being: Qualified from UCD as a physiotherapist in 2017, Ciara is passionate about movement and it’s benefits for all regardless of age, gender or ability.  While running is her first love, she loved playing camogie in her teens and still keeps a hurl in her boot at all times.

Key Achievements

2018:

 

  • 2018: A gallant fourth in the 1500m final, at the European Athletics Championships, August. 800m and 1500m finalist at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, April.
  • 2017: Set a new personal best of 4:22.40 in the mile at the Anniversary Games
  • 2016: Made her Olympic debut in August 2016 in Rio, making it to the semi-final stages. At the European Athletics Championships, she won a bronze medal becoming the third ever Irish woman ever to medal at the championships.
  • 2011: Silver at the European Junior Track & Field Championships in Tallin, Estonia
  • 2010: Silver Medalist 1500 metres World Junior Championships
  • 2009: Silver Medalist IAAF World Youth Championships

About Ciara Mageean

26-year-old, Ciara Mageean hails from Portaferry, County Down and competes in the 800m and the 1500m.

Ciara showed real talented from a young age, breaking Sonia O’Sulliavan’s underage records and winning silver in the 800m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy in 2009. She won a silver in the 1500 metres final at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada in 2010. She followed this up with success as a Junior competing in the 1500m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She took silver at the European Junior Track & Field Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, 2011.

Injury cruelly interrupted her blossoming career in 2012 and she was diagnosed as a Calcaneal Spur on her left ankle, an injury that eventually required surgery and lengthy rehab. She was unable to compete or train over a two-year period, but she preserved and came back after surgery stronger than ever!

Early in 2016 Mageean set a new Irish indoor 1500m 4.08.66 and mile record 4.28.40. At the European Athletics Championships in July of that year, Ciara won a bronze medal becoming the third ever Irish woman ever to medal at the championships. She made her Olympic debut in August 2016 in Rio, making it to the semi-final stages.

After a challenging 2017 track season Ciara made the decision to move to the UK to be part of Team New Balance, Manchester, a professional running team based in South Manchester under the guidance of coach Steve Vernon. The team comprises of a select group of elite runners, including Team Great Britain, Olympian Ross Millington and Anna Silvander, a Swedish International middle-distance athlete.

In August 2018 Mageean produced a magnificent performance in the 1500m final, narrowly missing the podium when finishing in fourth place at the European Athletics Championships. She claimed a 800m & 1500m double at the National Championships, the first female athlete to complete that double since Sonia O’Sullivan in 2000.Earlier in the year she was also a Commonwealth finalist in the 800m & 1500m.

Ciara qualified is a physiotherapist having studied in UCD over the last number of years. She had always had equal focus on her academics and athletics career as she is aware she can’t be a runner for the rest of her life and she is very passionate about physiotherapy. Ciara also has a passion for camogie, it was her first love. She always has a hurl and sliotar in the boot as she finds having a puck about is a good way to relax.

An advocate for giving girls equal opportunities to take part in and enjoy sport and is a real supporter of all women pursuing excellence whether it be the national game or on the International stage. A firm believer that movement is the key to life Ciara’s mantra is to find an activity you enjoy and to get out and get active!

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