World-class is the only way to describe the entry in the Dublin Marathon women's 800 at what is going to be a cracking Morton Games this Wednesday. Ireland’s European indoor bronze medallist Ciara Mageean will face what is undoubtedly the best line up gathered for a women's 800 in Ireland.
Thankfully Mageean sustained no significant injury in her fall at Friday’s 800 in Stockholm. By coincidence Jenna Westaway (CAN), who hit that Stockholm track with Mageean will also line up in Morton Stadium on Wednesday. Westaway took Melissa Bishop’s national indoor record with a 1.59.87 run this year and also took the 1000 indoor record with a 2.37.04. Also confirmed is her fellow Canadian Lindsey Butterworth, who earlier this season ran a new PB of 2.00.31.
Fourth place finisher at the 2019 US Championships and the winner of the 800 in Cork on Wednesday night Olivia Baker PB 2.00.08 will look to make it an emerald isle double. Also confirmed is Hannah Hermansson (SWE), pb 2.00.43, Sara Kulvisto, pb 2.01.85, will become the first Finnish athlete to compete at Morton Games. Alena Brooks (TTO) , 3rd in last year's meet, returns.
In addition to Ciara Mageean there is a stellar Irish presence of Siofra Clerigh-Buttner, European U/23 bronze medallist Nadia Power, who clocked her 3rd pb in a row in Brussels last night 2.02.39 and Claire Mooney. It has all the hallmarks of an exceptional race with the potential of sub 2. But who will come out on top?