English one of few Irish athletes to show at Worlds

Mark English was one of the few Irish athletes to stand out at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing
Malcolm McCausland

Athletics Ireland’s High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom was pleased with the performances of the Irish athletes at the World Athletics Championships that concluded last weekend weekend in Beijing.

He may be in a minority.

Ankram summed up the Irish team’s championships in Beijing as having: “Some very positive performances and for many of our athletes, the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the year prior to the Olympics.

“Ultimately our best performers have secured some very high placings in the world order during the Championships in Beijing. Rob Heffernan is 5th in the world, Mark English 10th, Thomas Barr 11th and the relay team 13th. These are very creditable results on the world stage.”

Ignoring the results of the three aforementioned individual athletes, the remainder of the team performed well below par. Few, if any, recorded a season’s best at a meeting which should have been the highlight of their season, possibly their career.

Read more on this and other Athletics stories in Malcolm McCausland's terrific Inside Track in the Irish News tomorrow...


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