Rio 2016 Olympics: Mark English exits after fifth spot in 800m semi-final

Mark English shows his disappointment after missing out on a place in the 800m final in Rio
Mark English found the early pace too hot in the 800m semi-final

Letterkenny man Mark English bowed out of the 800m in Rio after he was unable to produce any heroics in a semi-final won by Olympic champion David Rudisha.

English, injured for much of this year, was unable to keep in contact with the leaders early on and despite a late burst finished fifth in 1:45.93.

Rudisha won the heat in 1:43.88 ahead of American Clayton Murphy.

The toughness of the qualifier was indicated by Poland's Adam Kszczot also exiting despite finishing third.

Kszczot's time of 1:44.70 was not sufficient to clinch a fastest loser's place with only the top two securing qualification for the final.

English, whose personal best is his Irish record of 1:44.82, said that he had performed "the best race that I could".

"It was always going to be tough running two races in two days." added the UCD medical student.

Mageean aiming to secure 1500m final spot

Ciara Mageean won a 1500m bronze medal at the European Championships last month
Ciara Mageean (left) competes in the first women's 1500m semi-final at 01:30 BST on Monday

North Belfast athlete Breege Connolly is among three Irish women competing in the marathon at 14:00 BST on Sunday while Ciara Mageean will aim to secure a final spot in the women's 1500m when she runs in the semi-finals at 01:30 BST on Monday.

Mageean is the second slowest on the 12 athletes in her semi-final on personal bests with only Germany's Konstanze Klosterhalfen having a slower lifetime mark.

However, the statistic is unlikely to bother Mageean who looks in the kind of form to take a whopping chunk off her best of 4:06.49 some day soon.

With sub four-minute runners such as American Shannon Rowbury (3:56.29), Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (3:56. 41) and Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum (3:58.10) in her semi-final, it may well come in the early hours of Monday.

Mageean's opponents also include Britain's Laura Weightman, American Brenda Martinez and Australian duo Linden Hall and Zoe Buckman.

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