ATHLETICS: Ciara Mageean and Kerry O’Flaherty go well in Athlone

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Ciara Mageean and Kerry O’Flaherty both ran European Indoor Qualifying Standards for 1,500 metres at the AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone.

Olympic 1,500 girl Ciara placed ninth in 4 minutes 12.46 in the race won by Claudia Bobocea of Romania in 4:08.19 while Kerry, the Olympic steeplechaser clocked 4:14.63 in seventh.

Queen’s girl Emma Mitchell was very unlucky to be just outside the standard with 4:15.32 for ninth.

Commonwealth sprinter Leon Reid ran 6.88 in his 60 metres semi while Lisburn’s Erin McIlveen clocked 2:07.63 for fifth in the 800.

And Sir Mo Farah has said Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven mainly-Muslim countries was “unfair” and that he felt it was “important” to speak up.

The Somalia-born four-time Olympic champion said last month that the US president’s decree, which prevented those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the US for 90 days or more, was “deeply troubling”.

Sir Mo, who lives and trains in Portland, Oregon, was concerned the travel ban would force him to be separated from his wife and four children, but it was later clarified that the exclusion would not apply to the athlete.

A federal appeals court refused to reinstate the ban last week - meaning people and refugees from the seven nations can continue to enter the US for the time being - but Mr Trump has promised more legal action.

In his first interview since criticising the ban, Sir Mo said that Mr Trump’s “unfair” decision had “affected” him.

“Speaking to my kids and not being able to see my kids... that affected me, so it was important that I speak up and say what was right.

“I believe that was an unfair decision. Suddenly your country. When you’ve been there for six years , overnight to tell you that you can’t come back to your kids, is unfair.”