Monday 20 May 2019

Great day for Irish athletics as Mark English books Olympic ticket

Ireland's Mark English
Ireland's Mark English
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

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.

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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