Ciara runs well in Oslo 1000m

Sun 27 May 2012--admin

City of Lisburn’s Ciara Mageean showed encouraging form in her search for an Olympic qualifying time as she finished second in a 1000m race in Oslo on Thursday night. Ciara clocked a useful time of 2 minutes and 38 seconds as she was just pipped by Australian Zoe Buckman.

Her run should give her confidence ahead of a 1500m outing in Morocco on Sunday evening. The high-class race in Rabat could offer her a chance to achieve the Olympic qualifying time. Indeed, the inclusion of pacemakers could mean that it will be one of Ciara’s best chances of achieving the Olympic Games A standard of 4 minutes and six seconds. Her current personal best is 4:07.45.

Top athletics agent Nic Bideau, the husband of Irish athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan, has helped secure 2010 world junior silver medallist Ciara a place in the field in Rabat. The Morocco race is being specifically organised for athletes chasing the Olympic mark and a fast pace should be guaranteed.