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Doping questions after breaking Record were ‘crushing’

Ciara Mageean has said it was “crushing” for some people to raise doping questions on social media after she smashed the Irish 1500m record.

Mageean took 2.22 seconds off the previous record, set by Sonia O’Sullivan 27 years ago, at a Diamond League meeting in Brussels in September.

“It was very tough,” Mageean told BBC Sport when asked how it felt to hear about comments that appeared on social media after she produced the record time.

Mageean’s new Irish record – 3:56.63 – was part of a remarkable summer for the Portaferry runner, who won Commonwealth and European silver before her first first sub four-minute run over the distance helped her defeat Laura Muir to win the meeting.

“I wasn’t aware of those things until the very end of my season because whenever I did find out, it was a bit crushing, it was upsetting.

“The week after, when I had finished my season, I was a bit down, because I was like ‘why are people saying this?’.”

Mageean won silver for Ireland at the European Championships in August. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

She added: “I know the athlete that I am, that I toe the line as a clean athlete. I want to hang my spikes up proud of the athlete that I am, and I will.

“I don’t think it will ever make it easier for me, for people to ask such things. They are entitled to their own opinions but I know that I am clean and that performance is all based on me.

“It is tough, but athletics is a sport in which we are very open and honest about drug cheats in our sport and we hold them to high account and we make them accountable for the mistakes and choices they have made.”

Mageean followed up her impressive win over Muir – who had beaten her to gold at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships – with another strong performance in the Diamond League 1500m final a week later, finishing second behind Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in Zurich.

Her Irish record of 3:56.63 was considerably faster than the 30-year-old had run at that distance in races building up to that meeting, but she said anyone who had followed her season would have known she was capable of such a big performance.

And she added that a message from her coach, Helen Clitheroe, helped her deal with those posing questions about her record-breaking run.

“It [her record-breaking run] didn’t come as a surprise to me,” she continued.

“I knew I could go sub-58 and I thought I could go sub-57. I knew I was in really good shape so the .56 I was really ecstatic with.”

Olympic final target to make up for disappointments

Currently enjoying a trip home to County Down from her Manchester base, Mageean spoke of how satisfied she was with her performances this season – but has her eyes firmly fixed on her next two big goals.

Having chosen not to compete at this summer’s delayed 2021 World Championships, she is looking forward to the Worlds in Budapest next year – then, of course, there is the Paris Olympics in 2024, where she will be determined to reach a final for the first time in what would be her third attempt.

“I’ve been disappointed by the two Olympics that I have been to. I haven’t got my rings tattooed on me yet because I was always disappointed afterwards,” she explained.

“That might change as I’ve been trying to convince myself and Helen, and everyone who went, that it was an achievement being there, and hopefully we can go together and get that [the tattoo] done.

“Yes, the big focus is the World Championships next year and the Paris Olympics. How do I replicate the performances I have had now? I don’t have the answer but it is something myself and my team around me are certainly gong to try to figure out.

“Hopefully I can do it because that is the new pressure, to be able to be as good as myself again, to emulate that 3.56 and to continue to perform at this level that I know I have the potential to do.”

And, after a summer that saw her break that Irish 1500m record and win those silver medals, which did she enjoy most?

“The time is obviously fantastic and it has been a monkey on my back for some time,” she added.

“People in athletics would say that time means so much more than the medals in your hand but to be honest I always came into athletics to win medals. It is my aim to stand on the podium.

“To be able win a medal for Northern Ireland and Ireland in the same year, to represent them both is truly special. I wouldn’t trade these for any time, I definitely wouldn’t.”

Jake Wigh beats Emmanuel Korir in Brussels

World 1500m champion, Jake Wightman beat the Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir to clinch victory at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

Wightman pulled clear in the final 200m to claim an impressive victory running under one minute and 44 seconds for the first time in his career and setting a new Scottish record and personal best of 1:43.65.

World silver medallist, Djamel Sedjati, from Algeria came home in second place in 1:44.12 with the race favorite Korir who was also chasing for the third Diamond League trophy closing the podium three finishes in 1:44.12.

The 2018 World U20 bronze medallist, Eliot Crestan from Belgium and Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:44.24 and 1:44.48 respectively.

Jacob Krop writes history in Brussels

World silver medallist, Jacob Krop produced the sixth fastest time at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 21 year-old young star who came to this race with a personal best of 12:46.79 that he got this year at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Italy where he finished in second position, held off strong deep field that included the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia, World 10,000m bronze medallist Stanley Mburu and South Sudan’s Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu who had the second fastest time on paper this year of 7:29.48.

Kejelcha took the charge of the lead group, passing through the 3000m in 7:41.74 but Krop surged ahead of him with 300m remaining while maintaining the pace as the field began to drop allowing to forge ahead with Grant Fisher sticking with him but he could not hold the fast pace of the Kenyan who crossed the finish line a new personal best of 12:45.71which made him the second fastest Kenyan in history.

Canadian-born American, Fisher who holds the American outdoor record in the 10,000m and the Indoor record in the 5000m of 26:33.84 and 12:53.73 respectively, made a huge statement when he broke the North American record and moving to twelfth on the world all-time list.

Commonwealth silver medallist Nicholas Kipkorir was forced to settle in third place in a time of12:46.96 with Lobalu setting a South Sudanese record of 12:52.15.

Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist Daniel Ebenyo found the going too tough for him as he came home in fifth place with a personal best of 12:54.90.

Mburu finished in fourteenth place in 13:24.43 with Kejelcha failing to finish the race.

Jackline Chepkoech destroys the 3000m steeplechase field in Brussels

Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion, Jackline Chepkoech ran the second fastest time in the World U20 list as she destroyed a strong elite list at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 18 year-old beat a strong field that included the world 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, the world silver medallist, Werkuha Getachew and the 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi from Bahrain and the reigning World U20m champion Faith Cherotich.

Chepkoech took charge of the race with the 200m remaining as she surged ahead to cross the line and winning her first high level race in a new personal best of 9:02.43.

Chepkoech was followed by former Kenyan now trading for Bahrain Yavi who crossed the line in 9:03.44 with Getachew from Ethiopia sealing the podium three finishes in 9:08.03.

Cherotich and Zerfe Wondemagegn from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 9:09.63 and 9:10.16 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

3000M WOMEN STEEPLECHASE

  1. Jackline Chepkoech     (KEN) 9:02.43
  2. Winfred Mutile Yavi    (BAH) 9:03.44
  3. Werkuha Getachew      (ETH) 9:08.03
  4. Faith Cherotich            (KEN) 9:09.63
  5. Zerfe Wondemagegn   (ETH) 9:10.16

Mary Moraa smashes 22 years 400m Record

World 800m bronze medallist, Mary Moraa set a new Kenyan National Record in the women 400m at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, which is the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League series held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 21 year-old smashed the old Record of 51.56 which was set by Ruth Waithera 22 years ago with a new National and Personal best of 50.67.

Moraa finished in fourth place behind the World Mixed Relay champion, Fiordaliza Cofil from the Dominican Republic who took the honors in 49.80 with World 400m bronze medallist Sada Williams from Barbados taking second place in 50.15 and the 2019 European Indoor silver medallist Cynthia Maduengele Bolingo Mbogo from Belgium closing the podium three finishes in 50.19.

Krop, Waithaka to battle Ndikumwenayo and Lobalu in Brussels

World 5000m silver medallist Jacob Krop will square it out with the fast raising star Thierry Ndikumwenayo at the Brussels Diamond league which is the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League series that will be held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 21 year-old who holds a personal best of 12:46.79 that he got this year at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Italy where he finished in second position, will tag along his compatriot, the World 10,000m bronze medallist Stanley Mburu as they seek to fight Ndikumwenayo and the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia.

Ndikumwenayo is fresh from winning the Monaco Diamond League 3000m race with a world leading time of 7:25.93, which is also the Burundi National Record. The Burundian bettered this mark from South Sudan’s Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu mark of 7:29.48 which was also this year’s world leading time.  Lobalu, a former refugee athlete, who won the 3,000m in Stockholm, will also face the four as they fight for the points towards the finals in Zurich.

Uganda will be represented by the World bronze medallist Oscar Chelimo who is the younger brother to World Half Marathon record holder Jacob Kiplimo. Chelimo comes to this race carrying on his shoulders a personal best time of 13:10.20 that he got in Oregon.

Canadian-born American, Grant Fisher who holds the American outdoor record in the 10,000m and the Indoor record in the 5000m of 26:33.84 and 12:53.73 respectively, will also be on the start line to fight for the top honors.

LEADING TIME

  1. Jacob Krop                        (KEN) 12:46.79
  2. Yomif Kejelcha                 (ETH) 12:46.79
  3. Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BUR) 12:59.39
  4. Stanley Mburu                 (KEN) 13:05.21
  5. Oscar Chelimo                 (UGA) 13:10.20
  6. Dominic Lobalu               (SUD) 13:34.18
  7. Grant Fisher                     (USA) 12:53.73

Ferguson Rotich claims the crown in Brussels

Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich, continued with his superlative performance to claim the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday Night (3) at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

Rotich has been beaten twice by Marco Arop and once by Wyclife Kinyamal who silenced the stubborn Canadian took the two lap race when he crossed the line in style in 1:43.81.

The 31 year-old was Belgiums Elliot Crestan who clocked 1:45.24 and was followed by Cornelius Tuwei who closed the first three finishes in 1:54.24

Chepkoech runs third fastest time as she lifts Brussels meeting title

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech lived to her expectation as she took top honors at the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday (31) night at the at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.

The 27 year-old dominated the who race after being paced for 1000m by Kenyan Caroline Tuigong, she then held on to the lead crossing the line in a new meet record of 8:55.10 run, the third fastest time in history.

The 2016 African steeplechase gold medallist, Norah Jeruto took second place with a personal best of 8:59.62 with the 2015 world championships gold medallist Hyving Kiyeng closing the podium three finishes in 9:01.60

Selemon Barega stuns the world as he lifts 5000m race in style

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega’s was on another class when he set the world U20 record at the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday night at the at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.

The 18 year-old broke away from compatriots Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha with 250 metres to go, surging ahead to cross the line in 12:43.02 to become the fourth fastest ever over the distance, trailing just Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen whose performances were all world records. For his part, Barega knocked more than four seconds from the previous world U20 mark of 12:47.53 that was set in 2012 by his fellow country-mate Gebrhiwet in Paris.

“I came for the win and was not at all thinking about a time, but in some way everything came together,” said Barega, whose previous best was 12:55.58.

World 3000m Steeplechase record holder takes on Chespol and Cherono in Brussels

World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.

Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.

The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.

Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.