His finishing burst in Moscow was not enough to secure a top-three spot and automatic qualification. His fourth place in heat four briefly left him in a fastest loser spot but a quicker following heat sealed his fate.
Commenting after the race, Mark said: “I am disappointed but I could not really have done much more. You do need a bit of luck but I just missed out,” said English.
“I have loads of years left and I can take a positive out of the way I finished the race.”
Those behind Mark included Kenyan Jeremiah Mutai who surprisingly could only clock 1:50.17.
His team-mate, Paul Robinson also bowed out after finishing sixth in his heat in 1:48.61.
Keith Shiels was the winner of the ninth staging of the Danny McDaid 15K road race, held in association with the Station House Hotel, on Sunday – the Foyle Valley athlete broke the tape in a time of 48:45, with Henry O’Neill of Finn Valley second (48:59) and City of Derry’s Gregory Roberts third (50:30). Ann-Marie McGlynn of Lifford AC was the first woman home in 54:59. A total of 171 runners finished the race. The club extends its thanks to the Station House for its sponsorship and to the Gardai and all the officials for their help on the day.
The club extends its sympathy to the Graham family on the death of Shaun, to the Crawford family on the death of Matthew and to the O’Donnell family on the death of Mary.
Next race on the local circuit is the Ballyare 10K on Friday night. The race has a 7.30 pm start.