Monday, 19 June 2017 10:34

Mark English earns spot at Worlds after second-place finish in Diamond League

IRELAND’S MARK ENGLISH secured his spot at the World Championships in London after coming second at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm earlier today.

The 24-year-old finished in the 800m with a time of 1.45.42 just behind Thimen Kuppers of the Netherlands (1.45.02) and ahead of third-place South African Reinhardt van Rensburg (1.45.72).

The Letterkenny native previously only managed a time of 1.46.02 in Hengelo earlier this month, just outside 1.45.90 world 800m standard.

Today’s result continues a positive few days for Irish athletics, after Thomas Barr came third in his first Diamond League of the season on Friday with a time of 48.95 in the 400m hurdles, qualifying for the World Championships in the process.