The true measure of success

An athlete’s performance should be judged on more than medals, writes Kieran McSweeney

17th July, 2016
Ciara Mageean took bronze at the European Championships in Amsterdam last week

A hero’s welcome greeted Ciara Mageean at Dublin Airport last Monday, following her European bronze medal-winning performance in Amsterdam. The camera bulbs flashed for the Portaferry woman who has battled back from a career-threatening injury to claim a place on the podium. Her sights immediately turned to the Olympics.

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