Mark English wrapped up his preparations for Prague 2015 by taking the Glo Health national indoor 800 meter title in Athlone I.T today.
English looked a little sluggish before producing his trade mark turn of pace just before the bell and came home to take gold in 1.51.34.
“It was a race that I expected,” explained English. “Declan is in great shape, I knew it wouldn’t be easy, especially after racing yesterday.”
English sat behind Murray for the majority of 600 meters, before Niall Tuohy made a move for home with 500 meters remaining.
English barged into the lead and executed a turn of pace, allowing himself to ease out in the home straight and come home less than a second clear of Murray.
“I wanted to practice that turn of pace,” smiled English. “I controlled the race and slowed down on the home straight so I could save some energy for Prague.
“I think I’m in great shape. I’m going to Prague to be competitive. I’ve only had two races, but that’s the plan."
Long jumper Adam McMullan booked his place at Prague 2015, jumping 7.80, bang on the mark required for the European indoor championships.
“I knew coming into the competition I was in good shape,” said McMullan. "I knew I could jump a personal best of 7.60, today was a good day to get it.
“In my head, I knew I could get 7.80, so I’m delighted to book a place at Prague, I’ve been working on my style all winter.
“I’m going to try and be a competitor in Prague” explained McMullan. “I think if I got it right to day I could been an eight meter jumper.”
Marathon man Paul Pollock confirmed his place at Prague 2015 after taking the 3,000 meter title.
Pollock clocked 8:09.81, though admitted an ankle injury may rule him out of Prague.
Kelly Proper extended her record of national indoor titles taking her 17th and 18th gold medal after she posted 7.38 seconds to win the 60 meters.
Proper also charged through lane six to take 200 meter gold in 23.27 seconds clear of Dublin City Harriers Steffi Creanor.
Proper’s national indoor record now stands at 18, four clear of Rob Heffernan as Ireland’s most successful national indoor athlete.
Dara Kervick added to yesterday’s performance of qualifying for Prague 2015 by taking 400 meter gold in 46.53 seconds, listing Kervick to sixth in the European performance list for 2015.
Ciara Everard wrapped up her preparations for Prague by posting 2.06.63 to take the 800 meter gold, three seconds clear of Aislinn Crossey.
“I’m going to go well in Pague,” said Everard. “I think I’m coming into form at the right time and I’m very happy with my preparations.”
Carrick-on-Shannon’s Gerard O’Donnell took 60 meters hurdles gold, recovering from a poor start, where he knocked over the first hurdle.
O’Donnell, who recently moved down in distance from 400 meters hurdles to 60 meters hurdles, qualified for Prague three weeks ago, raced clear in 8.32 seconds to gold.
Michael Bowler of Kilkenny City Harriers and Eoin Power of St.Joseph’s took silver and bronze over four hundredths of a second behind O’Donnell.
John Travers confirmed his place at Prague taking the 1500 meters title after a blistering turn of pace over the final 300 meters.
Travers clocked 3.49.93 for victory ahead of Eoin Everard in silver medal position with DCU veteran Joe Warne taking bronze.
Claire Tarplee and Kerry O’Flaherty both missed the 1500 meter qualifying standard for Prague of 4:14.00, Tarplee falling just at the line as O’Flaherty took gold in 4:16.49.