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Thursday 19 October 2017

Mark English delight at silver medal in Euros

Ireland's Mark English celebrates after his Men's 800m Final event, where he finished in second position with a time of 1:47.20.
Ireland's Mark English celebrates after his Men's 800m Final event, where he finished in second position with a time of 1:47.20.

MARK English has become only the fifth Irish athlete to claim silver at the European Athletics Championships after his superb performance in Prague.

The Letterkenny lad (right), who won bronze at the outdoor championships last year in Zurich, went one better with his second-place finish in the 800m final. Polish counterpart Marcin Lewandowski won gold but English was overjoyed with his finish.

"I am absolutely delighted, I can't really put that into words, I surprised myself out there with how good I felt," said English, 21.

"When you have that speed over the last 200 and your passing top quality runners like Almgren of Sweden, second in Europe this year, I passed him with ease and it's just a great feeling.

"It's a great feeling to do it for those who came over, my family, friends, and teammates. The Irish supporters are better supporters than any of those in the world.

"I think Zurich was a better achievement but I came into this race as one of the favourites and that is something different. I am very proud to have moved on in my career."

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