Monday 27 January 2020

English progresses to 800m final in mixed day for Irish athletes

Ireland's Mark English after qualifying for the final following the men's 800m semi-final event.
Ireland's Mark English after qualifying for the final following the men's 800m semi-final event.

Mark English progressed to the 800m final at the European Championships in Zurich on a mixed day for the Irish athletes in action

English finished fourth in his 800m semi-final heat, outside the automatic qualification spots. However, his time of 1:46.23 was faster than the winning time in the other semi-final heat, meaning he qualifies for the Friday's final as a fastest loser.

Christine McMahon got the day off to a successful start when coming through her heat this morning. By finishing third in the 400m hurdles.

The Antrim woman made a positive start to the race on the second time of asking after the Danish athlete Sara Peterson was disqualified and finished third in a time of 57.16 which was just outside her personal best.

Elsewhere it was a disappointing day for the other Irish athletes in Zurich.

Dunmore East athlete Thomas Barr failed to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles after finishing third in his semi-final heat, while Amy Foster also bowed out of the Zurich championships as she finished eighth in her 100m semi-final in a time of 11.79 seconds.

Richard Morrissey and Brian Gregan also failed to progress in Switzerland as they were eliminated from the 400m semi-finals, finishing eighth and sixth respectively, with Gregan runnin a season's best of 45.81 in his race.

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