Ciara Mageean earns silver medal in European 1500m decider

Ciara Mageean earns silver medal in European 1500m decider
2022 European Championships, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany 19/8/2022 Women's 1500M Final Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ciara Mageean has won Ireland’s first medal at this year’s European Championships.

She took silver in the women’s 1,500 metres tonight in Munich with a season’s best time of 4:02.56.


Mageean was just over a second behind the gold of Laura Muir - with the pair embracing each other in admiration of their rivalry afterward.

Notably, the Portaferry runner finished over a second ahead of the fancied Sofia Ennaoui of Poland.

The silver medal is one of the biggest achievements of Mageean's career so far, having claimed bronze medals at European indoor and outdoor championships.


The 30-year-old also finished tenth in the world 1,500 metre final in 2019.


The medal comes as cheery on the cake after what has been a tremendous week for Irish athletes so far.

Sprint superstar Israel Olatunde set a new Irish 100m record with his memorable sixth place finish.

The Dundalk native clocked a time of 10.17 seconds, breaking the 15-year-old record held by Paul Hession.

Elsewhere, Rhasidat Adeleke set pulses racing with a new national and a 5th-place finish in the individual 400m, only later to run the fastest leg across both heats of the 4x400m.

The final of that much anticipated event gets underway tonight at 8:45 PM.

Mark English has also qualified automatically for Sunday’s 800-metre final by placing third in his semi-final.