Friday 15 December 2017

No joy for Mark English in World University Games

Mark English
Mark English

There was no joy for Mark English in the 800m final at the European U23 Athletics Championships in Tallinn as he had to settle for eighth place today.

There was, however, plenty of positives for the Irish with Karl Griffin finishing in sixth place in the same race in a time of 1:48.79.

English has been struggling for form of late with a sciatic injury proving problematic. The Donegal man managed to get through the heats and semi-finals but ultimately ran out of steam. On the other hand, Griffin produced his best-ever championship performance.

“Coming off the final bend the medal was in touching distance,” said Griffin, who is eligible to compete in these championships again in two years time. “It’s a great learning curve for me and make me hungry for coming back here in two years’ time and hopefully go further.”

The Irish women’s 4x100m relay team of Sarah McCarthy, Cliodhna Manning, Sarah Lavin and Phil Healy qualified for the final with a second place finish in their heat and a new U23 record of 44.68. They were unable to get the baton around in the final with a baton mix-up in the first exchange between McCarthy and Manning.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Jonathan Browning, Eanna Madden, Kieran Elliot and Marcus Lawler finished third in their heat in a national U23 record of 40.11 and went faster again in the final to finish 5th in 39.89.

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