Ireland avoid relegation at European Team Championship

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean finished fourth in the 1500m at Izmir on Sunday

Ireland avoided relegation as they took 10th place out of the 12 teams at the European Team Championship meeting in Izmir on Sunday.

Ciara Mageean came fourth in a tactical 1500m in 4:27.20 to earn useful points while Amy Foster set a personal best of 23.58 as she was sixth in the 200m.

Stephen Scullion was eighth in the 5000m in 14:26.41.

Fionnuala Britton was the best Irish finisher as she took second in the women's 5000m in 15:37.78.

Derval O'Rourke finished ahead of home hero and European Champion Nevin Yanit in the 100m hurdles but it was only good enough for fourth place for the Cork woman.

Norway's Christina Vukicevic won in 12.87 ahead of Switzerland's Lisa Urech and Slovenia's Marina Tomic with O'Rourke taking fourth in 13.11 - almost half a second outside her personal best.

Paul Hession produced a season's best of 20.65 in the 200m but it was only good enough for fifth in a high-class race won by Norwegian star Jaysuma Saidy Ndure.

Donegal athlete Darren McBrearty was on the receiving end in a rough-and-tumble 800m as he finished ninth in 1:52.31.

The Irish maintained their comfortable overnight lead over Slovenia as they avoided the drop from the First League by 24.5 points.

Hosts Turkey, Greece and Norway occupied the first three positions.

On Saturday, a tired Jason Smyth finished fourth in the 100m in 10.44 with Foster fourth in the women's 100m in 11.60.

Below-par performances included David Gillick's seventh in the 400m in 46.95 while the Irish women's 4x100m dropped the baton and failed to score.

Smyth helped the men's 4x100m team take a solid third place (39.61) while the best individual finisher on day one was high jumper Kourosh Foroughi who took third with a leap of 2.15m.

Jessie Barr smashed her personal best of 58.19, finishing fifth in 57.21 in the 400m hurdles while Timmy Crowe also produced a PB as he clocked 51.59 to take fourth in the men's hurdles.

Mary Cullen was a disappointing sixth in the women's 3000m in 9:17.53 while Stephanie Reilly, after achieving Olympic and World Championship standards last week, was not quite at her best as she took fourth in the steeplechase in 9:53.79.

Tori Pena was also off-form as she placed sixth in the pole vault with a best mark of 3.80m while Roseanne Galligan was seventh in the 800m in 2:05.57.

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