Wednesday 23 August 2017

Irish on song in Greece

ATHLETICS

A second place for 800m runner Mark English, pictured here with the Dr. Tony ONeill Sports Person of the Year Award, helped the Irish to sixth place – their best ever – at the European Team Championships League 1 in Heraklion, Greece over the weekend
A second place for 800m runner Mark English, pictured here with the Dr. Tony ONeill Sports Person of the Year Award, helped the Irish to sixth place – their best ever – at the European Team Championships League 1 in Heraklion, Greece over the weekend

Lindie Naughton

A second place for Mark English in the 800m helped the Irish to sixth place - their best ever - at the European Team Championships League 1 in Heraklion, Greece over the weekend.

Winner of the 800m in 1:47.97 was Ilham Tanui Ozbilen, the Kenyan who was running for Turkey, while English ran 1:48.97 picking up a valuable points for the Irish.

The team had made an impressive start to the second day of competition when Ben Reynolds finished second in the 100m hurdles behind Konstadinos Douvalidis of Greece.

Later in the afternoon, third places for Kerry O'Flaherty in the 1500m and John Travers in the 3,000m boosted the Irish total, along with fourths for Maria McCambridge in the 5000m and Megan Tice in the high jump.

On the opening day of competition, Thomas Barr had finished second in the 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, there were third places for Amy Foster in the 200m, Michelle Finn in the steeplechase and Sarah Treacy in the 3000m event.

Also picking up useful points with fourth places were Ciara Everard in the 800m, Brian Gregan in the 400m, long jumper Adam McMullen and Kevin Batt in a controversial 5,000m, where the runners ran an extra lap.

The competition ended with the men's 4 x 400m, where the Irish team, anchored by Mark English, finished third in 3:05.07.

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