European 800m bronze medallist Mark English (UCD AC) will lead a team of 12 Irish competitors at the European Indoor Championships next month in Prague.
Fresh off the back of a strong run at the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham and a winning performance at the National Championships at the weekend, English was full of confidence in the lead up to competition in the Czech Republic from 5-8 March.
“It indicates to me that I am able to put able to put two races back to back and hopefully I can simulate that in the Europeans because that is going to be real challenge in a championships,” the 21-year-old runner said.
“I proved myself in Europeans last summer and I am looking to do the same in Prague. It is a completely different discipline running indoors. That arch in the track is so much more difficult to pass on.”
English will be joined by Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers AC), who secured his first major international cap last year at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich and has a season best of one minutes 48.32 seconds.
Irish indoor record holder Ciara Everard (UCD AC) will also line up at this distance and will be looking to emulate her 2013 European Indoor Championships performance, where the Kilkenny woman made it the final.
Ireland will have two representatives in the 1500m with both John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) and Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) having secure qualification.
In the 3000m, Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) was the first of the Irish to secure the required time for the championships.
Dara Kervick (Clonliffe Harriers A.C) will line up in the 400m, and also forms part of the 4x400m team, who were invited to compete in the championships following their fifth placing in Zurich last summer.
Kervick will join up with training partners Timmy Crowe (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) and Harry Purcell (Trim AC) in the relay, while English is also in the squad.
Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick on Shannon AC) will compete in the 60m hurdles.
Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC) booked his seat on the plane to Prague when he produced a lifetime best for the long jump to take the national title with 7.80m.