Mark English allays Olympic fears
Mark English has allayed fears that a foot problem could scupper his Olympic dream and says he will resume training in the coming weeks.
The stylish 800m runner - one of Ireland's leading hopes on the track - suffered a stress reaction in his fourth metatarsal in early March, an injury which forced him to miss the IAAF World Indoor Championships and wear a protective boot for the past four weeks.
However, English is now initiating a gradual return to running, completing his first session on an anti-gravity treadmill at the Irish Institute of Sport yesterday, a device which allows athletes to slowly return to running at full body weight.
"The injury started with stepping in a pothole and I gave it a few days, but it just got worse after that," said English.
"I was in the boot until last week, but it's been responding pretty well."
The Donegal man has had a low-intensity pulsed ultrasound machine on loan from the Institute for the past number of weeks, which he uses on his foot daily to promote better blood flow to the bone, and he’s hoping it will speed his return.
“I’ll be back running in the next three weeks, and hopefully much sooner than that,” he said.
Having complete his exams in UCD – where he is studying medicine – English has a clear path ahead of him over the next few months, and he’s likely to spend some part of that time training in America under Steve Magness, who has coached him since earlier this year.