Nadia Power has set a new Irish U23 800m record in Rovereto, Italy tonight, running 2:01.01 and finishing third in a top-class international field.

Power, a U23 European medallist in 2019, smashed her previous best of 2:02.39.

The previous U23 record of 2:01.89 had been held by Aoife Byrne since 2001. The time also moves Power (22) to sixth in the Irish all-time list.

In Ostrava, Czech Republic, Ciara Mageean put in a good performance at the World Athletics Continental Tour, finishing fifth in a world-class field.

Mageean's time of 2:01.40 was her third fastest ever over the distance, having set an Irish record of 1:59.69 in Bern in July.

The race was won by Great Britain’s Laura Muir in 1:58.84 with Sofia Ennaoui of Poland second in 2:00.82 and Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia third in 2:01.06.

Sarah Healy was in 1500m action at the same meeting, finishing 12th (4:17.60) in a race that was won by Kenyan Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in 3:59.05.

Neither Mageean nor Power competed at the recent National Championships as they had competed abroad within 14 days of the event.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that the European Cross-Country Athletics Championships, scheduled to take place in Dublin on 13 December, had been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

More than 600 runners from around Europe were expected to take part in the event at the Sport Ireland campus at Abbotstown but organisers said there were "too many uncertainties and existing sanitary restrictions in Ireland associated to the Covid-19 situation".

It was not immediately clear whether Dublin would host the event next year instead, as Turin has already been confirmed as 2021 host city.