MARK ENGLISH SET a new Irish record over the rarely-run distance of 500 metres in winning his race at the Globen Galen in Stockholm.
English won his race at the Ericsson Globe in 1:00.93, coming home ahead of United States of Amercian’s Erik Sowinski (1:01.72).
English had been aiming to break the 60-second barrier for the distance and go into possible world record territory.
While he didn’t quite manage that, it was enough for a new Irish best in the event and the time places him at fifth on the European indoor all-time list for 500m – Czech sprinter Pavel Maslák’s 1:00.36 is top of that particular list.
English’s time is a new world lead for the distance this season and continues his good start to the Olympic campaign having finished second in Düsseldorf behind Musaeb Balla from Qatar.
English, who will take part in an 800m race in Glasgow on Saturday, already holds the Irish junior outdoor and indoor records in the 800m as well as the Irish senior indoor 800m record and the Irish 600m record.