Mark English has won bronze in the 800 metres at the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Glasgow.

The Letterkenny athlete won a silver in this event four years ago, but qualified for this final via an appeal after being tripped in his semi-final on Saturday evening. 

With a time of 1:47.39, the 25-year-old English finished behind winner Alvaro de Arriba of Spain (1:46.83) and Britain's Jamie Webb 1:47.13.

English told RTÉ Sport: "I'm relieved that it’s over! My plan was to go on [the heels of] the leader after the first 100 metres and not get caught behind anyone and be ready to attack when the time came.

"I managed to do that, but there were moves being made throughout the race which interfered with the rhythm a bit, but I think I held it well and managed to come away with the medal today.

"It gives me a lot of confidence that the training I’ve been doing has actually been working. I owe a lot to Steve Magnus, my coach who is over in Texas at the minute.

"I don’t think anything has really changed mentally, I’ve just put the right training in and I’ve got the right mechanical support to go with it."

The Letterkenny runner was then asked if this result could be the start of something bigger ahead of the Olympic year, as well as being a major lift to his local area.

"I hope so," he said.

"It’s great for Donegal and for Ireland and I’m really delighted with that.

"I kind of gave it everything, I basically ran to the line as if it was down the far end because I knew if he [Mariano Garcia of Spain] got in ahead of me there was no getting by him again, but I felt really good and I’m delighted with the result."