Mageean and Murray make their mark at Millrose
Ciara Mageean had an impressive run at the Millrose Games in New York last night in the women’s 3,000m, securing qualification for the upcoming European Championships when finishing seventh in 8:55.09. The race was won by Sally Kipyego in 8:41.72.
“I’m happy enough with the time; the aim was to run the European standard. I’m not that happy about my position in the field. I’ll go home now, get some rest, then run Nationals at the weekend, and I hope to get the 1500 standard for Prague there.”
Shortly after Mageean, Declan Murray was up on track, and he finished fourth in a physical 1,000m race in 2:22.99 in a race won by Erik Sowinski in 2:21.18. “The pace was supposed to be about 1:20, and I didn’t get off the line quickly so I was just trying to make my way up. I should have gone for it with 400 to go, but I wanted to be a but conservative. I got myself stuck a little behind with 150 to go, and didn’t quite have enough to go with those guys. I put myself in a position to win, I just didn’t have it today.”
Murray will now return home for the AIT International and GloHealth Irish Senior Indoor Championships as he prepares for the European Championships in Prague. “If I can run like I did today, position myself well, I can put myself in a position to make the final.”