Three UCD athletes win gold medals at National Track and Field Championships
Posted July 25, 2017
- Ciara Mageean, Mark English and Sarah Lavin affirm status as best in Ireland
Physiotherapy student Ciara Mageean defeated a field of 10 to win the women’s 800m final in a time of 2:04.06. Mageean is from County Down and represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is the Irish record holder in the indoor 1,500m and mile.
Donegal native Mark English won a testy men’s 800m final in a time of 1:50.89. The medicine student is the indoor 800m and outdoor 600m national record holder. English was a semi-finalist in the 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
His UCD Athletics Club teammate Karl Griffin ran the course in 1:52.44 to take bronze. Griffin, also from Donegal, studies science and was a finalist in the 4x100m relay at the U23 European Championships last weekend.
Pictured front: Mark English leads the field in the 800m final (credit: RTÉ)
23-year-old Sarah Lavin won the women’s 100m hurdles final in a time of 13.62. The physiotherapy student from Limerick cruised to victory over the six-woman field to register a time of 13.62.
Mageean and English will now focus their preparations on the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Athletics. The biannual competition will take place from August 4th – 13th at London’s Olympic Stadium.
By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations