Thursday 24 May 2018

Mark English completes strong last lap comeback to book a place in the 800m semi-final Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ireland's first athlete to compete in the track and field at the 2016 Olympics needed a storming last 200m to clinch a place in the next round.

Mark English was favoured to advance but when the bell rang to signal the last lap, the middle distance runner was at the back of the field.

However, he stayed composed and ran strongly down the stretch to take third place in heat 6 and qualify for the 800m semi-final. The penultimate stage of the competition will take place tomorrow.

One notable omission from the semi-final stage is Botswana's Nijel Amos. The London 2012 silver medalist finished fifth in heat four, meaning he exits the competition at the first hurdle.

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