English in good shape ahead of Olympics


Mark English ran a season best time at an IAAF Diamond Jubilee meet in London on Friday night.

The Letterkenny man ran an impressive time of 1:45.36 in the 800m race in what was his last race before heading to Brazil later this week for next month’s Olympics in Rio.

English along with the rest of the Athletics Ireland squad, under Irish Track and Field manager, Patsy McGonagle, fly out to Brazil on Thursday for their final training camp ahead of the Olympics.

Friday night’s run was an encouraging one from English, who has had his preparations for the Games hampered with injury.

Meanwhile, Donegal athletes did well at the National Under Age Championships in Tullamore at the weekend.

In all Donegal athletes claimed five gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the championships.

The gold medal winners were Brendan O’Donnell, Lifford/Strabane AC, hammer; Sommer Lecky, Finn Valley AC, high jump; Danny Browne, Finn Valley, 100 metres; Aoife McDonnell, Lifford/Strabane, shot putt, and Conor Breslin, Lifford/Strabane, hammer.

The silver winners were Sharon Craig, Lifford/Strabane, high jump; Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley, long jump; Honour Okirigi, Finn Valley, long jump, and Joseph Gillespie, Finn Valley, long jump.

Kate Smyth and Karen Gallagher, both Finn Valley, completed the medal haul with bronze medals in the long jump, in what was a very good championship for the county’s young athletes.