It was a weekend to remember for two of Donegal’s brightest sports stars who continue to make their mark on the world stage.
On Saturday night in New York, Letterkenny athlete Mark English ran his best time of 2014, finishing second in behind the world’s fastest runner over 800m.
For English, who just recently ran a qualifying time for the forthcoming European Championships in Switzerland, it was one of his best runs in a career that continues to blossom.
On Sunday, another Letterkenny man, Philip Deignan, also had reason to celebrate after a second place finish on stage two of the Tour de Suisse. It was another impressive showing from the Team Sky rider after a successful Giro d’Italia.
Mark English’s preparations for the European Championships in August continued when he ran a season’s best time at the Diamond League in New York’s Ichan Stadium.
The Letterkenny man, who runs with UCD AC, was second in the 800m behind Olympic champion, David Rudisha of Kenya in Saturday evening’s event.
English ran an impressive 1:45.03, less than half a second behind the Kenyan’s time of 1:44.63. USA athlete, Duane Solomon was third.
English’s time was the third fastest of his career and maintains his excellent run of form ahead of August’s European Championships.
Saturday night’s performance was all the more impressive given the quality of the field. Duane Solomon who was third, finished fourth in the 800m final at the 2012 Olympics. English also came in ahead of the Polish athlete, Marcin Lewandowski who won gold at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010.
Meanwhile Philip Deignan delivered a classy ride on stage two of the Tour de Suisse yesterday. Cameron Meyer of Australia won the stage.
Deignan and US rider, Larry Warbasse repeatedly distanced Meyer during yesterday’s stage, but every time the Australian recovered.
Coming into the final kilometre, Meyer sat patiently at third wheel before bursting into life with less than 200 metres to go. The Australian rounded the two, holding off Deignan who had to settle for second. Deignan is seventh in general classification, just 27 seconds behind the leader, Tony Martin of Germany.
Elswhere, Brendan McCarroll lifted his fourth Alps Tour trophy at the Peugeot Golf Open in Madrid on Friday. The Ballyliffen professional shot a final round 68 to win by a shot.