Mark English . . . bronze for Ireland
Mark English showed his battling qualities to hold on for a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championship medal in Glasgow this evening.
His time was 1:47.39 with De Arriba of Spain the winner, ahead of Webb of GB. The winning time was 1:46.83.
English was adding a bronze medal to the silver medal he won at the European Indoors in 2015 in Prague.
The Letterkenny man had to sweat on his final appearance after he was bumped out of contention in the semi-final on Saturday evening. But after an appeal by the Ireland team, he was reinstated for the final and took advantage of the overturn.
English had qualified comfortably for the semi-final on Friday evening, winning his heat in 1.49.38.
"I'm relieved that it's over. The plan was to run the leader after the first 100m. The plan was working but there were a couple of moves being made throughout the race which interfered with the room a bit, but I think I held it well and managed to come away with a medal," said English after the race.
"I just took a really aggressive approach to it and thankfully it worked out. There seemed to be a lot of traffic but I managed to come through towards the end of it.
"De Arriba, he was away. I couldn't catch him," said the UCD medical student. "I felt really good and delighted with that performance.
"(The result) means that I can attack in a race whether it is slow or fast and I've got a lot of confidence in every race strategy that is put out there in the future.
"It gives me a lot of confidence knowing that the training I have been doing is working and I owe that to my coach Steve Magnus.
"I would like to thank my sponsors Adidas, Hegarty's back in Letterkenny and Athletics Ireland.