Mark English clinches silver for Ireland in Prague

Ireland's Mark English
Ireland's Mark English
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Mark English landed Ireland’s first medal at the European Indoor Championships as he timed his finish to perfection to take silver in the 800 metres in Prague.

The 21-year-old, a European bronze medallist outdoors last summer, chased down Thijmen Kupers and dipped to cross the line in one minute 47.20 seconds, edging out the Dutchman by 0.05secs.

Netherlands' Thijmen Kupers, left, and Ireland's Mark English pose with their countries' flags after the men's 800m final in Prague

Netherlands' Thijmen Kupers, left, and Ireland's Mark English pose with their countries' flags after the men's 800m final in Prague

English said: “I had a lot of energy at the end. I was trying to keep in line and keep in touch with Lewandowski because he is very hard to pass.

“The first two laps were close to 50 seconds, so quite fast, but I kept accelerating and found the energy.

“Also we did not have much time to relax. Usually there is a day’s rest between the semi-finals and finals in the outdoor season, but I have to get used to it.

“I will celebrate tonight because you do not get a medal every season.”

Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski was the convincing winner in 1:46.67.

Scotland’s Guy Learmonth faded to finish last in 1:47.84.