Mark English produced an excellent finish to claim bronze at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.
The 21-year-old, who was competing in his first ever senior final, came in third behind the Polish pair of Adam Kszczot and Artur Kuciapski in a time of 1:45.03, equalling his season’s best.
A native of Letterkenny, English was comfortable in sixth and although he slipped to seventh momentarily, moved up through the field to take second for an instance before coming home in third.
English became the seventh Irishman ever to win a medal at the Europeans.
“It’s fantastic,” he said afterwards. “I’m delighted after all the work I’ve put in. I’ve had a lot of disappointments but it’s nice to cumulate in a medal like this. I wanted to conserve as much energy as I could and then put the foot down on 600 metres. I did that and passed a lot of guys after sling-shotting the last bend. I’m absolutely delighted with it.”
Meanwhile, Brendan Boyce continued his rise with a PB as he was the leading Irishman in the 50k walk.
The Milford native came home in 16th place in Zurich this morning with 3:51: 34, as France’s Yohann Diniz smashed the world record by over two minutes to win the gold medal in 3:32:33.
Rob Heffernan, the Cork native who won the World Championships in Moscow last year, was in third place for a spell before dropping out at the 40km-mark through fatigue.