English fine-tunes plans for Estonia in Cork
Athletics - Mark English will use the 800m at the Cork City Sports this evening (6.30) for a final blow-out before the European U-23 Track and Field Championships, which get under way in Tallinn on Thursday.
English, a bronze medal winner at last year's European Championships in Zurich and runner-up at the European Indoors earlier this year, ran a season's best of 1:45.83 for 800m in May. He will be hoping to improve on that tonight as he takes on a field that includes American Mark Wieczorek, who has a personal best of 1:45.36.
Hurdler Ciara Lavin and sprinter Marcus Lawler will also complete their preparations for Estonia in Cork.
Lavin took silver in the 100m hurdles at the European Juniors two years ago and, after mixed fortunes last season, is showing a return to form with a best of 13.43 this season.
Lawler, who is ranked seventh for the U-23 200m, is also in the squad for the 4x100m along with Jonathan Browning, Keith Pike, Eanna Madden and Kieron Elliott.
Like Lawler, Kilkenny's Cliodhna Manning will run individual and relay races after clocking a personal best of 23.94 seconds for 200m last weekend in Tullamore.
Also selected for the 4x100m squad are Lavin, long jump specialist Sarah McCarthy and sprinter Phil Healy.
Two endurance athletes travel to Estonia. Brandon Hargreaves is ranked seventh in Europe for the 10,000m with a time of 29:29.42, while Raheny's Kevin Dooney goes in the 5,000m.
Irish athletes are also in action from tomorrow at the World Student Games in Korea, where Thomas Barr (400m hurdles), Ciara Everard (800m) and John Travers (1,500m) have high hopes.