English retains Irish Senior 800 metre title

ATHLETICS

English retains Irish Senior 800 metre title

Mark English is the GloHealth Irish Senior 800 metre champions once more after successfully defending the title at the National Senior Athletic Championship finals in Santry yesterday.

The Rio bound English returned from an injury injury for his first competitive outing of the outdoor season to retain the title. Donegal Town athlete, Karl Griffin, took the bronze medal in the 800 metres on a day Donegal enjoyed its best day ever at the National Senior Championships.

In all there were four gold, two silver and one bronze medals returning to the county from the championships.

The other gold medal winners were Kelly McGrory, Tir Chonaill AC, 400 metre hurdles and the Finn Valley AC pair of Sommer Lecky, high jump and Tori Pena, pole vault.

It was a Donegal one-two in the 400 metre hurdles with Arlene Crossan, Finn Valley, coming home second behind McGrory, to claim the silver medal.

Finn Valley’s John Kelly was also a silver medal winner in the shot putt and the county’s other Rio bound athlete, 50 km walker Letterkenny AC’s Brendan Boyce had to be happy with a bronze medal in the 10 kilometre walk.