Having been given a late berth in this evening's European Indoor Athletic Championships 800m final, Letterkenny man Mark English grabbed the opportunity with both hands - taking a way a bronze medal in the process.
There was high drama when the 25-year-old was involved in a mid-race tangle with English runner Guy Learmonth in last night's semi-final resulting in the 2014 and 2015 European Indoor medallist trailing the leaders by a margin that the Donegal speedster just could not make up to qualify for the finale.
But having appealed to race officials, English was given a place in tonight's decider as a seventh participant in what is usually a six-man event.
It is a bronze medal for Mark English in the 800 metres at the European Indoor Championships #RTEsport pic.twitter.com/soHvuBGwSp
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) March 3, 2019
Thankfully, there were no such calamities tonight, and the young doctor powered around the final bend to repel late onslaughts from Spain's Mariano Garcia and Denmark's Andreas Bube at the death, whilst Alvaro de Arriba and British runner Jamie Webb finished in front of English to take gold and silver respectively.