European Championships 2018: Ciara Mageean cruises through to 1500m final

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean ran a 62-second final lap to secure her place in Sunday's medal race

Ciara Mageean cruised into the European Championships 1500m final with a composed second-place finish behind GB's Laura Muir in her heat.

The Northern Irishwoman, 26, produced a strong final lap to finish just behind Muir in a time of 4:09.35.

Portaferry-native Mageean is aiming to add to her European medal collection but has struggled for form since her third-place finish in 2016.

"I'm happy with that. I came here for the big Q," Mageean told RTE.

"I've had to make a lot of changes over the past year and probably the past six months with my move to [a new training base in] Manchester.

"I'm feeling good, feeling confident and feeling happy and that's the nice recipe for an athlete."

Muir booked her place in Sunday's final with a winning time of 4:09.12 while Marta Pen of Portugal and Poland's Angelika Cichocka took the other automatic qualifying places from the opening heat.

The second heat was won by Sofia Ennaoui of Poland in 4:08.60 ahead of GB's Laura Weightman, Marta Perez of Spain and Sweden's Hanna Hermansson.

Phil Healy
Phil Healy set a new 200m national record of 22.99 in July

Healy misses out on final

Phil Healy has failed to reach the 200m final after finishing fourth in 23.23 in one of three semi-final races on Friday night.

The Corkwoman, who made it to the semi-finals after clocking the fifth fastest time (23.34) in the heats, recently became the first Irish woman to break the 23-second barrier.

The men's 4x400m relay team, which was anchored by 400m Hurdles bronze-medallist Thomas Barr and also featured 200m finalist Leon Reid, finished fifth in their heat in a season's best 3:06.55 but it was not enough progress to the final.

Belfast teenager Davicia Patterson ran the third leg for the women's 4x400m squad, who also produced a season's best of 3:35.96 as they finished in eighth place in their heat.

There was also disappointment for Kerry O'Flaherty and Michelle Finn in the 3000m Steeplechase.

Newtownards' runner O'Flaherty finished in 17th place in the opening heat in 10:09.71 and Finn was 16th in the second heat in 10:10.93.

Banbridge's Russell White finished 16th in the men's triathlon and ahead of of Irish team-mates Ben Shaw (24th) and Darren Dunne (42nd).

The Irish men's golf pair of Michael Hoey and Neil O'Briain got their first win in Pool B as they defeated the Team GB duo of Rhys Enoch and Charlie Ford 4&3 at Gleneagles but it was not enough to advance to the foursomes semi-finals on Sunday.