Ciara Mageean is enjoying the week of her dreams, following her second place finish at the final Diamond League event of the season in Zurich.
The Portaferry athlete qualified for the prestigious finale of the athletics track calendar off the back of a record-breaking victory last weekend, where she won the Diamond League meet in Belgium.
Mageean beat a world class field last weekend, including Olympic silver medallist, and good friend, Laura Muir en route to secure a national record, while knocking over three seconds off her personal best.
One more race to run for the in-form Irish athlete, who travels to New York at the weekend to race the Fifth Avenue mile on the iconic streets of Manhattan.
"Oh my goodness, it's been the week of my dreams," said Mageean, speaking to Athletics Weekly after the race. "To run 3:56, and now to get into the Diamond League final and come second, what more could I ask for?
"It was a tactical race, it wasn't fast by any means, but it was a Diamond League final, it was never going to be. I put myself out there in a competitive position and I'm delighted to come home with silver."
"Oh my goodness, it's been the week of my dreams."— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) September 9, 2022
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Mageean was also asked where the massive improvement has come from in a summer where she landed medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European championships, before running her first ever sub-four-minute 1500m.
"Jeepers, I don’t really know," said Mageean. "Anyone who knows me as an athlete and knows the career that I’ve had, I’ve certainly shown my ability as a junior athlete, [while] I had a rough time coming through under-23s. I feel like I’ve always shown the form that I could have and it’s just coming together, which I’m delighted to see."
Speaking on RTE Radio 1's Saturday Sport at the weekend, Mageean said that she believed that she was in the shape of her life, stating her 3:56.63, which knocked over two seconds off Sonia O'Sullivan's Irish record was "breathtaking, and out of this world".
"I know I'm in the shape of my life and I just want to go out and show the world what I can do, so this will certainly open some more doors, but it also gives me more belief.
"Going from a four-minute runner to a 3:56 runner, that’s making me competitive on the world stage and it’s something that I've always known, but it’s one thing having confidence in yourself and it’s another thing having the facts there to back it," she added.
"So not only does it show the world what I can do but it also proves it to myself, so hopefully it will help me take a huge step forward."
Mageean also said she was looking forward to her trip to New York, where she was aiming to spend some much needed quality time with her very understanding boyfriend who often plays second fiddle to her athletics career, before returning home to Portaferry for a much-deserved break.
"I’ve raced Fifth Ave a couple of times so I’m looking forward to going back," she said. "I’ve actually positioned in the top three previously and they gave me the nicest tri-colour I’ve ever had and I took it home, so I’m hoping to add to that collection."