Donegal disappointment at World Championship Athletics in Moscow

Donegal disappointment at World Championship Athletics in Moscow
There was disappointment for Donegal’s athletes at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

There was disappointment for Donegal’s athletes at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Letterkenny’s Mark English finished fourth in his heat in the 800m on Saturday. His 1:47.08 briefly left him in contention for a place as one of the fastest losers but ultimately was not good enough.

“I’m gutted today but there are positives to take away too,” English said afterwards. “Maybe I left it a little too late but I finished well, and I felt super down the home straight.

I was nervous but that is normal unless you’re Usain Bolt. What’s done is done here but I am going to move on.”

Maria McCambridge, formerly of Letterkenny Athletic Club, was in 46th place at in the ladies marathon but was forced to withdraw with an injury shortly after the 7km mark and did not finish.

Yesterday in the pole vault, Tori Pena of Finn Valley Athletic Club failed to clear 4.45m and as a consequence didn’t progress to the final.

That means that Brendan Boyce from Milford is the focus of concentration from a local perspective.

The Letterkenny Athletic Club member competes in the 50km walk on Wednesday.