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Thursday 28 August 2014

Mark English looking for new coach after amicable split with McDaid

Cliona Foley

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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Under Teresa McDaid's tutelage Mark English came within two hundredths of a second of David Matthews' long-time Irish 800m record. Photo: Radoslaw Jozwiak / SPORTSFILE
Under Teresa McDaid's tutelage Mark English came within two hundredths of a second of David Matthews' long-time Irish 800m record. Photo: Radoslaw Jozwiak / SPORTSFILE

One of Ireland's top prospects at this summer's European Championships – Donegal 800m runner Mark English – has confirmed that he has left his coach Teresa McDaid and is on the lookout for a new one.

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The Belfield student, who competes for UCD AC, said: "It was my decision to move on and try new things.

"I don't want to move on without thanking her for all that she has done over the years. She brought me to where I am. She brought me a huge way and nursed me along."

McDaid, of Letterkenny AC, is a two-time winner of Athletics Ireland's 'Coach of the Year' award, and it is understood the split was amicable.

Under her tutelage English has come within two hundredths of a second of David Matthews' long-time Irish 800m record (1:44.82) with his 1:44.84 in London last July.

He won a gold medal at the European Youth Olympics in 2010 but the real barometer of his talent was finishing fifth at the 2012 World Juniors.

Two of the teenagers ahead of him went on to win silver and bronze medals behind Kenya's David Rudisha in the Olympics a month later, but English did not get a chance to race in London because the Olympic Council of Ireland would not send athletes on 'B' standards.

English, who ran a season best of 1:46.22 last weekend, said he will not be rushing into anything, despite the Europeans taking place in Zurich in August.

"I need to make sure that I find a coach who understands the principle I'm coming from on the speed side of it, and who works well for me as a person," he said.

"I'll talk to other people but it'll be my decision."

Irish Independent

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