English was due to compete in the 800m. Ian MacNicol/INPHO
injury setback

Mark English's Olympic preparations hit as ankle injury forces him out of World Indoors

Newbridge’s Rose-Anne Galligan is now the only Irish athlete set to race in Oregon.

MARK ENGLISH’S OLYMPIC preparations have received a setback with the news he will miss the forthcoming World Indoor Championships due to injury.

The European Indoor silver medallist has been forced to withdraw from next week’s meet in Portland after twisting his ankle.

The 22-year-old medical student was due to race in the 800m after winning a bronze at the European Championships in 2014 and a bronze at the European Indoors last year.

“It’s disappointing Mark won’t be able to compete in Oregon but thankfully it’s now rather than in the summer,” Kevin Ankrom, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director, said.

English’s withdrawal now means Rose-Anne Galligan is now the only Irish athlete set to compete in Oregon.

The Newbridge athlete is the national outdoor 800m record holder and will run over 1,500m.

The World Indoor Championships take place between 17-20 March.

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