By John Coughlan, The Echo 17/5/2020
Mark Carroll won the European 5,000m Junior Men’s championship in 1991 that was hosted at Lille in France.
Carroll achieved a lifelong ambition in 2000 when he won theEuropean Athletics Indoor Championship 3,000m in Ghent.
Mark is the current Irish record holder at 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m.
Carroll won the WanamakerMile in 2000.
Probably the greatest race of Carroll’s career was in Monaco in 1999, when he set the 3,000m record of 7.30.36. It could stand for decades. It’s more than two seconds faster than Mo Farah has ever run, and is essentially the equivalent of running two four-minute miles back to back.