Ciara Mageean has shown strong form heading into next month’s World Athletics Championships, by setting a new lifetime best in the women’s mile at the Anniversary Games Diamond League event at the same London Olympic Stadium where the Worlds will take place in August.
The European Championships bronze-medallist took six seconds off her PB in clocking 4:22.40, putting her second in the all-time Irish list behind national record holder Sonia O’Sullivan (4:17.25).
Helen Obiri won in a Kenyan record of 4:16.56, ahead of Britain’s Laura Muir.
Mageean was seventh overall in a race that produced two national records and eleven lifetime bests.
Mark English was caught by an early burst of pace in the 800m, and came home eleventh in 1:47.04, over a second-and-a-half outside his season’s best, as Olympic 2012 silver-medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana clocked a world lead of 1:43.18 ahead of American Donavan Brazier.
A new Northern Ireland of 40.35 seconds was set by the NI quartet in finishing seventh in the men’s 4x100m relay, including Paralympic 100m champion Jason Smyth – aiming for more gold in the same stadium at the upcoming World Paras – and Leon Reid, who has clocked a 200m qualifying time for the Worlds, but who cannot compete for Ireland in London as it stands, as he is currently registered to compete for Britain.
The IAAF have banned change of allegiances for the time being, as part of their investigation into abuses of country-swapping.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Norwegian sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen set a new European junior record of 8:26.81 on his 3000m steeplechase debut in the Belgian city of Kortrijk.
He has already won in the Diamond League this season.