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English sets new national record
26 May 2015 21:09
Ireland’s Mark English set a new national record in the 600 metres as he finished second at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava this evening.
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English, who appeared to be barged in the early stages of the race, raced in third for much of the intermediary trip before kicking into the lead on the final bend.
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The European Indoor 800m silver medallist was collared just before the line by Adam Kszczot of Poland, but he became the fastest Irishman to ever run over the distance after clocking one minute 16.14 seconds in the Czech Republic.
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Kenya’s David Rushida saw his world record attempt scuppered at an early stage by an injury to his right leg.
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Usain Bolt eased to victory on his first race on European soil this year in the 200m.
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The larger-than-life Jamaican lived up to his showbiz reputation as he made light of the greasy conditions and waved to the delighted crowd on his way to the blocks.
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But after a few moments of levity, Bolt was focus personified.
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The six-time Olympic gold medal winner made a customary slow start, with American Isiah Young getting the early advantage, but the 28-year-old took complete control round the corner and powered home in 20.13 seconds.
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Despite winning by a comfortable 0.22 over Young, Bolt - who kept running at full tilt across the line - was visibly unimpressed afterwards and underlined his determination to be at the top of his game in time for the World Championships in Beijing in August.
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"I'm always happy to be in Ostrava. It's one of my favourite places to run. It always rains. It was (difficult) as it was a little bit colder than I thought it would be," he told eversport.tv.
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"I just need to try to get myself into running shape. It's all about the work and the technique."
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It was the second time on Tuesday evening that Young had finished second behind a Jamaican sprinter after being edged out by Asafa Powell in the 100m earlier in the evening.
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Like Bolt, Powell did not have the best start in the world but he began to pull away after about 60m to take the victory with a time of 10.04.
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Although the 32-year-old was unable to add to the 84 times he has broken the 10-second barrier, he will be pleased to have been so close in the wet weather.
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Young crossed the line in 10.13, while Britain's Richard Kilty continued his bid to replicate indoor success outdoors by finishing third with a time of 10.31.
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