Positive opening for Ireland's Mark English as he qualifies from 800 metre heat

He is into the semi-finals in Rio

Mark English, Ireland,

Ireland's Mark English (left) during the men's 800m heats at the Olympic Stadium on the seventh day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Picture by: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mark English has qualified from his Heat in the 800 metres in Rio.

The Donegalman finished in third place in Heat 6 today in a time of 1:46.40 seconds.

That was enough to send him through to the next round.

Reigning gold medallist David Rudisha of Kenya, who was coached by Irishman Colm O'Connell in 2012, set the fastest time in the heats with a time of 1:45.09.