Mark English . . . into semi-finals of Europeans in Glasgow
Mark English comfortably qualified for the semi-finals of the 800m of the Eugopean Indoor Athletic Championships this evening.
Taking his place in the third heat of the qualifiers, Letterkenny native English put in a very comfortable run, taking over in the lead with a couple of laps to go and seamlessly holding on to finish in a time 1.49.38.
It wasn't the fastest heat, but with just two to qualify from each heat (five heats) and the two fastest losers, all that was required was to be in the first two.
English, who has been showing good indoor form this season, never looked in trouble.
The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow Saturday at 6.25 p.m.
Speaking after the heat win, English said: "Yeah, glad to be into the semi-final. Looking forward to another battle tomorrow. That will be a real challenge.
"I felt comfortable. I tried to make a move on the French athlete at 300m but he held me off. I just had to go again on the back straight and I managed to get by him.
"I'm just excited to be getting out here, getting back into some sort of shape again when I can actually compete.
"The plan is to qualify (for the final). The top three from both semi-finals to qualify; it'll be tough but you have to finish in the top three in the final if you want a medal," said English.
There was no luck for Finn Valley AC's Sommer Lecky in the high jump as she failed to qualify.
She had three attempts at 1.81 but was unsuccessful. But it will have been a great experience for the young 18-year-old