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Mark English Qualifies For Olympics And Breaks Irish 800m Record In Spain

Mark English Qualifies For Olympics And Breaks Irish 800m Record In Spain

Mark English set an Olympic 800m qualifying time and broke the Irish record in Spain on Tuesday evening.

The Donegal man ran 1:44.71 in Castellon, finishing second in the race and, crucially, 0.49 inside the Olympic qualifying time.

The run broke David Matthews's 26-year-old Irish record by 0.11. Matthews was swift to congratulate English on Twitter.

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English ran the qualifying time with just hours to spare before the IOC's deadline. The 28-year-old chose not to compete at the National Championships in Santry at the weekend and instead ran in Leverkusen on Sunday aiming to set an automatic qualifying time. He did not want to leave qualification to the uncertainty of the ranking system which had him on the bubble of booking a ticket to Tokyo.

He finished just short of the required standard in Germany and so stepped up to the mark once again on Tuesday.

Mark English sets new Irish 800m record

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