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Wilmsore ‘gutted’ as he is pipped to bronze medal in final strides

MIKE Wilsmore came agonisingly close to a medal in a red-hot 1500m in the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham yesterday.

In a straight final the Bristol & West AC man ran a tactically sound race to put himself into form contention for a medal as he was lying third at the bell for the final 200m circuit.

Wilsmore wearing his Bristol & West vest second from the right.


But with a bronze medal within his grasp Welsh No 1 Tom Marshall hunted him down.

“I was in third coming off the bend but I just hesitated and lost a bit of momentum and Tom caught me and there was time to do anything about that,” said Wilsmore.

“He beat me by just 0.18secs and that is just a stride. Overall I am pleased with how I ran but obviously gutted not get that bronze medal.”

Wilsmore should feel considerable satisfaction at running international Marshall so close while the two men ahead of him are both top British international 1500m runners with Jake Wightman edging out rival Charlie Grice for the title.

At least Mike could say he gave it his best which sadly clubmate Charlotte Taylor-Green was unable to do in the women’s 3000m.

Charlotte is never one to shy away from a challenge but having been ill all week she never had a chance of performing to her best in such a strong field and trailed in last in a time of 9mins 37.45secs.

“Always love racing at the British champs……feeling a little sorry for myself after trying to race when feeling ill!” said Charlotte.

“Positive side I made myself finish even when I was seeing double with three laps to go.”

Nothing it not brave, that’s Charlotte.