There are 44 days to go until the 1,500m final at the World Championships and Ciara Mageean is aiming to do everything in her power to line up alongside the best in the world at Doha.

The 27-year-old has continued to race 800m – she was fourth last night at the Morton Games where weather conditions made it a difficult night for all competing athletes – but the 1500m is where the Portaferry native is most at home.

In March, Mageean claimed a 1500m bronze at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, while last month she knocked more than three seconds off her mile PB at the Monaco Diamond League, a time that also met the Olympic qualifying standard in the 1500m category.

The Down woman's appearance last night in Santry was her last competitive race before the World Championships. She will now depart for Saint Moritz for a block of training at altitude level before returning to her training base with Team New Balance and coach Steve Vernon.

For Mageean, it is all about making further improvement at international level.

"Running a PB in the mile and 1500m this season was huge," she told RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen. "It gave me such a boost of confidence knowing that I'm in the shape of my life.

"The aim is to make it to the final in Doha. I haven’t made a world final yet. It’s a big feat to get top 12 in the world and I’m going to throw the kitchen sink at it.

"I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great position to be in knowing you are in the shape of your life."

Reflecting on her outing at the Morton Games, the athlete was honest in her assessment of her 800m showing.

I've always wanted to come and give an Irish winner and it is hard when we have such a fantastic field

"I knew I was going to come here and have a really hard race because they always get a fantastic field in Morton.

"I’ve always wanted to come and give an Irish winner and it is hard when we have such a fantastic field. I’m disappointed to come fourth. I placed myself a little bit further back and tried to come around. I kept going wide.

"I live and I learn."