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Former coach Teresa McDaid praises Mark English for his fighting spirit to win Euro medal

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Former coach Teresa McDaid praises Mark English for his fighting spirit to win Euro medal

Mark English celebrating European bronze

The former coach of Mark English has heaped praise on him this week for overcoming adversity to claim a European Indoor Championship bronze medal in Glasgow on Sunday night last.
English had a pretty adventurous weekend. He came home comfortably in his heat on Friday night to win, but in the semi-final on Saturday evening, he was impeded by UK runner Guy Learmonth half-way through the race and finished in last place.
The Ireland team management, which included Teresa McDaid, lodged an appeal and she accompanied Mark at the appeal, which proved successful.
Then on Sunday night he battled his way to the front from an early stage and showed remarkable courage to take the bronze medal - his third ever European senior medal. He won a silver at the indoors four years ago and has an outdoor bronze European medal in 2014 - all at 800m.
“Mark did very well and himself and Ciara Mageean lifted our spirits at the weekend; they did brilliantly,” said Teresa McDaid, who was his coach between 2009 and 2013. .
“I’m particularly delighted for Mark the way he has fought back from injury and the way he dealt with all the adversity he faced over the weekend and the obstruction incident and then the appeal process.
“I attended the appeal with him and I was fairly confident he would win the appeal but you can never be 100% and even when it was successful you always have the fear that some other country may object to the decision.
“And to make matters worse he was also selected for a drug test and he did not get out of the arena until 11.30 pm which was not the best preparation for the final.
“I think that and the whole impeding episode motivated him for the final and he was really fired up before the final which is very unlike him. But he is a very proud Letterkenny man and I was very proud of him in the final.
“He ran a very good tactical race and given all he went through over the weekend a bronze medal was a great achievement and Mark and Ciara Mageean lifted our spirits all round and it will go down as a good championship for Ireland."