MARK ENGLISH HAS expressed his disappointment at not making the 2012 Olympics and says he even dreams of becoming an Olympian this summer.
Four years ago, the Letterkenny native was just 0.17 seconds outside the Olympic A standard of 1:45:60, but was not part of travelling party for London with the B standard.
“Those in charge of the selection process are aware of it,” English said. “I hope that lessons might be learned from it. You don’t get an opportunity to experience the Olympic games. To get that is essential. It’s a much better thing to send people to the Games. It’s that added experience but it is what is.”
The 800m runner was in St Eunan’s College today in his role as a Sky Sports Scholar, alongside Donegal footballer Christy Toye.
English, a former St Eunan’s College student, is completing a medical degree at UCD and having finished his exams two weeks.[adrotate group=”18″]
“It’s lovely to get back and tell these second years my story,” he said of his return to his old school “Hopefully it can inspire them to follow their dreams whatever they might be.
“There’s help in the form of mentors in the form of Olympic medallists like Darren Campbell, who I can always call up when looking for advise. Sky wouldn’t be backing me if they didn’t believe in me and I could myself extremely lucky.
“I got a bit of a stress reaction in the foot before the world indoors so hopefully now the recovery goes well and I’ll be competing in the summer. I’m working a lot on my fitness.”
Listen to English’s interview in full with Charlie Collins below …