Sunday 19 February 2017

Great day for Irish athletics as Mark English books Olympic ticket

Published 25/07/2015 | 19:58

Ireland's Mark English
Ireland's Mark English

After a frustrating run of injuries that led to poor form, Donegal runner Mark English posted a great time at today’s Anniversary Games to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer.

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English came fourth in the 800m race that featured world record holder and Olympic champion, David Rudisha of Kenya.

English’s time of 1:45.49 saw him finish behind Nijel Amos of Botswana, Rudisha and Adam Kszczot of Poland, who finished in first, second and third respectively.

English won a bronze medal at the European Championship in 2014 and followed that with a silver at the European Indoor Championship this year. However, he saw his form dip since taking that second place medal, which included a poor showing at the recent University Games.

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