Mark English felt he could catch Thijmen Kupers “once he timed it right”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Most indoor 800m races unfold at such breakneck speed there is no time to think. Although some of us watching this one did think Mark English had miss(...)

Ireland’s Mark English celebrates winning the silver medal in the 800m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships at the  O2 Arena in Prague. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It wasn’t gold but Mark English has taken another step up the major championship medal podium, winning a European Indoor silver medal over 800 metres (...)

Mark English dips on the line for a second place and qualification for Sunday’s 800m European Indoor Final. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

In some ways qualifying was the hard part, because now that he’s made the 800 metres final Mark English can truly start eyeing up a European Indoor me(...)

Mark English has been combining his athletics preparations with his third year of medical studies at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many Irish athletes can talk up their medal prospects in such realistic terms as Mark English. At 21, he may still be a student of 800 metre runn(...)