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Christian clinches place

Sunday 24 June 2012

Cardiff's Christian Malcolm clinched his place in the British Olympic team by taking second place in his favourite 200m at today's final session of the UKA olympic trials. The final of the 200m was Christian's fifth race in three days, something he had deliberately chosen to do to replicate the pressure of a major championship. After the race he said that he had felt the strain of so many races and had to use all his experience to pull through to second and a guaranteed place on the team. Christian, who was world junior champion at both 100m and 200m in 1998 has enjoyed an illustrious career in the sport and will be competing in his fourth Olympic Games. Congratulations to Christian.

Gareth Warburton went into the final of the 800m as one of only three athletes to have the A standard needed for automatic selection but was unable to get into the first two in the race and will have to wait to see if the selectors will give him one of the discretionary places. Forced to take the lead from the gun, Gareth led the race but slipped from first to fourth place in the home straight.

Fingers crossed for Gareth as well as for Rhys Williams who also has an agonising further wait.

A bronze medal was the reward for Bethan Davies who set a personal best in the 5000m walk with 24:47.87, a time which ranks her third in the UK.

In the final of the women's 1500m, promising Charlotte Arter ran a steady race but found it too hot on the final lap and finised in 9th position in 4:25.66.

In the men's 5000m, Joe McDonald finished in 7th place (14:14.56) and Adam Bitchell in 10th (14:20.58).

And finally, the women's pole vault saw Bryony Raine clear 3.71m for 8th position.