Ciara Mageean wins 800m at Irish Milers Club meeting

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean was competing for the first time since February

Ciara Mageean produced an encouraging summer season opener as she easily won the 800 metres at Saturday's Irish Milers Club meeting in Tullamore.

The world junior silver medallist won in 2:04.72 and had more than two seconds to spare from Ciara Everard.

It was Mageean's first race since February when she was third in the 1500m at the Irish Indoors.

Meanwhile, Jason Smyth ran his second fastest 100 metres with a 10.29 at the Star Last Chance meeting in Florida.

Running on the Clermont track where he trains, Smyth's time was .07secs slower than the Northern Ireland record he produced a fortnight ago.

In another 100m heat in Clermont, Tyson Gay - a regular training partner of Smyth - clocked a world leading time of 9.79.

Smyth has been invited to compete in the 100m at next Saturday's Diamond League meeting in New York where Gay will also be in action.

As for Mageean, she looked to have overcome the Achilles problem which had hampered her training and was in excellent form in County Offaly.

The Irish Milers Club meeting was held concurrently in Tullamore with the Irish Schools Championships.

Mageean's main target for this season is the European Junior Championships in Estonia in late July.

After her superb world junior 1500m silver in Canada last year, the Portaferry woman will be a strong contender for gold in Tallinn.

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