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Published: 09:23 | 13/8/16

Mageean targets 1500m final

Co Down runner finished second in heat to world record holder Genzebe Dibaba

Ciara Mageean says "the goal is to make the final" after her second place in the 1500m heats in Rio on Saturday morning.

The Co Down runner finished second to world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia to qualify easily for the Olympic semi-finals, but says she will not be satisfied unless she runs three races in Brazil.

"The next race I have to be in top qualification again and that's my aim," she said.

The Portaferry athlete says is determined not to get to over-focus on the threat of Dibaba, who broke the 23-year-old 1500m world record last year by posting a time of 3:50.07, which included a final 800m of 2:01.

"I don’t need to worry about beating Dibaba - in the first round. I'll leave that for other rounds, or at least I'm going to try," she continued.

"I’m not here just to think about Dibaba, I’m here to think about Ciara Mageean and what she can do in this vest."

Mageean says she and the rest of the Irish team have been boosted by the performances of the O'Donovan brothers, who took silver in the men's lightweight double sculls on Friday afternoon.

"If that's not inspiration enough I don't know what is," she added.

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