Charlie Grice of the Britain won the first heat in a time of 2:24:74
Eight athletes will contest the final and Bernie Alcorn , Athletics Team Coach said ” the final will be a more tactical race , i’m just so pleased that Mark qualified in a world class field. He led his heat from the front and was only overtaken on the home straight”
Irish Team members supporting English at Bishan Stadium: Kate Veale, Emily Greenan,Elena Maslova,Lyndsey Weedon, Martin Burkes and Bernie Alcorn
English exhausted after the race said “the final will be more tactical ; i’m looking forward to competing against the African runners in particular, it was a tough qualification race this morning;just so pleased to have a chance to compete in the final”
English in recovery post race with Olympic team physio Eimear O’Leary
Earlier, Denise Walsh officially withdrew from the womens single sculls rowing on medical advice with an ear infection and high temperature, she’d been carrying for the past few days. However she can be pleased with her performance and B final status , ranking her among the top 12 in her event.