Mark English in action on the track shortly in Rio

Mark due to race circa 2.55pm today

Mark English in action on the track shortly in Rio

Letterkenny athlete Mark English is to take to the Olympic Stadium track this afternoon, Friday, as the track and field competitions get under way.

Mark will take part in the sixth of seven heats of the men’s 800m in Rio this afternoon. The heats get under way at about 2.10pm, with Mark’s heat set for about 2.55pm.

He needs to finish in the top three to advance automatically to Saturday night’s semi-final.

It’s some afternoon for Letterkenny in particular with Mark on the track and Sinead Jennings from Hawthorn Heights in her final - best wishes to all.