DONEGAL ATHLETICS

Sixth National 800m title for Mark English on good weekend for North West athletics

Peter Campbell

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Peter Campbell

Sixth National 800m title for Mark English on good weekend for North West athletics

Mark English powers home to win his sixth national title Picture Sportsfile

Mark English won his sixth Irish National Senior 800m title with a dominant display at Santray on Sunday.
The Letterkenny native eased home in a time of 1:50.82 and can now concentrate on the European Championships which take place from 6-12 August in Berlin, Germany.
Apart from English, there were some very good performances from north west athletes at the championships.
Letterkenny AC's Darren McBrearty finished really strong to get a silver medal behind favourite John Travers. McBrearty won his heat on Saturday and was closing on Travers in the final, his time of 3.48.45, just a second behind the winner.
There was silver also for Tir Chonaill AC's Geraldine Stewart in the women's shot putt.
James Kelly of Finn Valley won bronze in the shot putt, as did Kelly McGrory of Tir Chonaill AC in the 400m hurdles.
Gavin Crawford of Lifford Strabane AC was also in the medals, winning third in the javelin.
Christopher O’Donnell of Carrick-on-Shannon but with strong Ardara connnections, ran his customary strong home straight to win the men’s 400m in 46.92.
There was also great success for North Sligo AC's Christopher O'Donnell of Grange, who won gold in the 400m. O'Donnell is a former student of Magh Ene College, Bundoran.
Apart from English, Christopher O'Donnell of North Sligo also qualifies for the Europeans as part of the Irish 4 x 400m relay team.