English will push for London

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Mark English aims to have no regrets in his bid to qualify for the London Olympics after breaking his own Irish Junior record in Belgium on Saturday.

Mark English aims to have no regrets in his bid to qualify for the London Olympics after breaking his own Irish Junior record in Belgium on Saturday.

The Letterkenny AC runner won the 800m at the International Flanders Athletics Meeting (IFAM) in a fabulous time of 1:45.77 - just .17 of a second outside of the 1:45.60 Olympic A Standard. The DCU student had originally earmarked Rio in 2016 for Olympic qualification but with the time for London within touching distance will push for qualification before the deadline of July 8.

“I don’t want to look back and have any regrets,” 19-year-old English said yesterday. “I was delighted with the time on Saturday but at the same time I feel I have it in me to make the A Standard. The IOC (Olympic Council of Ireland) have already said they are not taking anyone to London who had not achieved the A Standard so it’s up to me now to go and get it.

“I had an infection after finishing my exams at college and then went over on my ankle on Thursday in Dublin. Those two are on the way to clearing so now it’s a matter of finding a fast enough race in the right weather conditions in the coming weeks to try and reach the standard. I’ll look into that now and it could be absolutely anywhere. London is just around the corner and I have a chance to make it so I will do whatever it takes to make the standard.”