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Ireland's Mark English just missed out on a place in the men's 800 metres semi-finals at the World Championships in Moscow.

Having seen compatriot Paul Robinson finish sixth in his heat, the Donegal man had to settle for fourth place in one minute 47.08 seconds.

English was close to taking third place and securing an automatic semi-final spot, but was pipped to the line and missed out on a fastest loser berth by just one spot.

"I'm gutted today, but there are positives to take away too," he said. "What's done is done here but I am going to move on.

"I am ambitious and I'm going to target the 800m at the European Championships next summer where I think I can medal if I can keep improving.

"The track was hot here and fast. It's been a good experience for me."

In the women's 400m, Jennifer Carey finished well to place sixth in heat five with her second fastest time of 52.62 secs.

It was a disappointing day for Maria McCambridge, who was forced to withdraw from the women's marathon through injury after about 7km.

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