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Ireland's Ciara Mageean Qualifies For World 1500m Final

Ireland's Ciara Mageean Qualifies For World 1500m Final

Ciara Mageean has qualified for the final of the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Mageean finished fifth in her semi-final with five to qualify automatically for Saturday's final.

It was a slow run race with the runners tightly bunched throughout. Mageean finished in 4:15.49, 14 seconds outside her personal best as Sifan Hassan, who is trained by the recently banned Alberto Salazar, crossed the line first.

The time matter for little in the end as Mageean became the first Irish woman to qualify for a world 1500m final since Sonia O'Sullivan in 1997.

"I was running today like it was my final," Mageean said in a video posted to the Athletics Ireland Twitter account.

"I'm feeling absolutely ecstatic. I don't know when I'm going to sleep tonight. I'm top 12 in the world.

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"The race, it was a very strange one. Anyone who watches me race knows I'm not really a front runner when it comes to championships.

"I found myself at the front but I said, 'That's grand lads, if you want me to be at the front, if nobody wants to take it out, I'm not going to go fast and be the pacemaker'.

"I said if they come up on my shoulder, I'm going to match it and make them work hard to go past me."

The final will be run on Saturday at 6:55pm Irish.

You can watch the final lap of Mageean's semi-final below.

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