MARK ENGLISH delivered a brilliant performance over 500 metres on the roads of Newcastle, just beaten by Kenyan David Rudisha.
With Rudhisha winning the race at the Great City Games in 57.69 seconds, English was a close second in 57.91.
Rudhisha’s time was the fastest ever over the distance and English now stands second in the all-time records.
English was on the coat tails of Rudisha, who won gold in the men’s 800m at the Olympic Games in Rio last month.
There, English came fifth in his semi-final, where he finished in 1 minute 45.93 seconds, missing out on a place in the final. Rudisha had actually won that semi-final in 1:43.88.[adrotate group=”18″]
The Kenyan came out on top in Newcastle again today, but English gave another reminder about his standing in the sport with an immense display.
English had an injury-interrupted run-up to the Olympics, having missed 11 weeks of training after suffering a stress reaction to a metatarsal, which meant he missed the World Indoor Championships.