Mark English firmly focused on Rio

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Mark English firmly focused on Rio

Mark English might be unable to burn up the track these days because of a foot injury, but the Rio-bound 800 metre specialist is confident he will be back up to full fitness soon.

Speaking at the Sky Sports Living for Sport event on Friday at St Eunan's College in Letterkenny, the third level student said he was happy with the recovery to date and was looking forward to getting back to the track.

“Thankfully Rio is a good bit away and I have been doing plenty off the track. I have the ability to bounce back quickly and not lose a lot of fitness anyway, so I am firmly focused on Rio,” he commented.

“I'm still not sure exactly what my race schedule will be before Rio, but I do intend getting in a few big races before then,” he added.

Having medalled in the last two major championships - he won bronze in the European championships in 2014 in Zurich and last year won silver in the European Indoor Championships in Prague - the 23-year-old will be aiming to add to that collection later in the year when he competes in his first ever Olympics.

“I came very close to getting the qualifying time for the London Olympics four years ago. That disappointment has helped to motivate me since. Having secured the qualifying time for Rio last year, that took a huge amount of pressure off me.” he said.

See page 4 for more on his visit old school in Letterkenny.