Ciara Mageean Breaks 2 Min 800m Time in Switzerland
24 July 2020
Ciara Mageean has become the first Irish woman to break the two-minute mark in the 800m event while breaking both the Irish and Northern Irish records in Bern, Switzerland.
The City of Lisburn AC athlete and Portaferry native, Ciara, broke the time barrier in 1:59.69 to claim first place in the 800m final, a full second ahead of Norway’s Hynne Hedda.
Ciara broke her own NI record of 2:00.79, set in Dublin in 2016 and the Irish record of 2:00.58 which was set in 2013 by Rose-Anne Galligan at the London Anniversary Games.
In a recent press statement before the event Ciara stated “It’s my first competition in five months and I can’t wait. I think this is the fittest I’ve ever been.”
“The past few months have made me hungry again for the thrill of racing. In the past I often got so nervous and put so much pressure on myself that I didn’t enjoy racing very much. I’d step on the line with fear, worried how it might go.
But now I have a different mindset: I’m excited to see what I can do.”