Ciara Mageean has come fourth in the final of the 1500m event at the European Athletic Championships.
The 26-year-old finished second in the semi-final to race favourite Laura Muir of Great Britain, setting up this Sunday evening showdown in Berlin.
The Portaferry woman won bronze in the 2016 Amsterdam edition of the European Championships, and going out in lane one, she got off to a solid start, maintaining a top four position.
She moved back to the midfield at the 700m mark, with only Muir separating herself from the pack. The top five with Mageean in fourth were running their own race after 1km, with the Irishwoman unsuccessfully chasing down Sophia Ennaoui of Poland for third place.
Laura Weightman tightened up near the end, bringing Mageean into contention, but a second wind from the Brit on the final straight saw her hold on to the bronze medal position, with Ciara finishing just .88 of a second off of third, coming in fourth place with a time of 4:04.63.
It was a fantastic showing nonetheless, and bodes well for her future hopes in this event.
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Elsewhere, the women’s 4×100 relay team came within a whisker of qualifying for the final – finishing fourth in the second heat, though they did set a national record of 43.80.
Rhys McClenaghan claimed a sensational gold in the pommel horse event in the gymnastics section.