Donegal's Mark English powers home to 800m gold at Diamond League

Thomas Barr and Sarah Healy were also flying the flag in Birmingham.

Winner, winner: Mark English.
Winner, winner: Mark English.

DONEGAL’S MARK ENGLISH finished strong, powering up the home straight to win the 800m at today’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Recording a season’s best of 1:45.94, English was back with a bang; going from eighth to first in the final 100m.

Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer finished second with the Irish Olympian also out-kicking Jamie Webb and Spencer Thomas.

English — who bagged European Indoor bronze in Glasgow in March — saw his winning time just outside the world standard (1:45.80), with next month’s championships in Doha on the horizon.

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Elsewhere, Thomas Barr finished sixth in the 400m hurdles in a time of 50.16. 18-year-old Sarah Healy recorded a time of 4.40.72 in the women’s mile.

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