English ticks off two career goals in one go!

Racing in Castelló, Spain English clocked the 1:45.71 to officially book his spot at the Olympic Games and break David Matthews’ long-standing Irish 800m record.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” the Finn Valley AC man said.

“I’m absolutely thrilled. I don’t know where my head went, but I was absolutely delighted.

“I was confident that I could do it. I knew if I could do the first 400m in 50 seconds or so that I could do it.

“I wanted to do things before I finish up: Get the Olympics again and break the Irish record. It’s always been on my mind. It’s been a fantastic record.”

This was English’s fifth world class run over the last 16 days - and he saved the best wine for last.

He said: “I’m ready to go out to Tokyo now and enjoy the experience.”


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